Pap Smears Are Chang­ing!

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By Dr Mal­colm Alt­son We would ap­pre­ci­ate your feed­back or top­ics you would like to hear about at busi­ness. man­

From the 1st of De­cem­ber the ‘ Pap Smear’ will be re­placed by Pri­mary HPV test­ing of the Cervix. What does this mean? The most im­por­tant out­come of this is that in­stead of a test be­ing done ev­ery 2 years, it will stretch out to 5 years. This is be­cause we have learnt that Cer­vi­cal Can­cer is trig­gered by the HPV virus. It will be as ac­cu­rate and as safe but can be done less of­ten.

The pro­ce­dure is gen­er­ally still the same, but does of­fer an al­ter­na­tive for women to do the test them­selves with some ed­u­ca­tion. This will hope­fully cap­ture the women out there who have never had a smear be­cause of the na­ture of the pro­ce­dure. Cer­vi­cal Can­cer is still a nasty can­cer that is very dif­fi­cult to treat.

Un­for­tu­nately most peo­ple that get this con­di­tion are those that have ei­ther never been screened, or are over­due for their test. This HPV virus is the same one our year seven stu­dents are be­ing im­mu­nised against.

Let’s hope in the fu­ture Cer­vi­cal Can­cer will be a thing of the past! If you have any ques­tions about this please ask your GP.

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