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It is rec­om­mended that all women be­tween 20 and 70 who have ever had sex should have reg­u­lar smear tests (ev­ery three years). Most cer­vi­cal can­cers de­velop from an in­fec­tion — called HPV, or the hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus — that al­most every­body is ex­posed to if they have had sex. With reg­u­lar smear tests it can be de­tected be­fore it be­comes can­cer.

Breast­screen Aotearoa is New Zealand’s free na­tional breastscreen­ing pro­gramme for women aged be­tween 45 and 69 years. Un­der the pro­gramme women can get a free mam­mo­gram ev­ery two years.

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