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.