Cervical cancer complacency in Baw Baw
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 00:13, Tuesday 12 March 2013
JUST two thirds of women in Baw Baw take part in regular cervical cancer screening, data from the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry reveals.
Only 61.4 per cent of women in Baw Baw had a pap test in the 2010-2011 reporting period.
National Cervical Screening Program guidelines suggest women aged between 18 and 70 who have ever been sexually active have a test every two years.
PapScreen Victoria manager Hiranthi Perera said in a media release tests are required even for women who have had the HPV vaccine.
“I would encourage all women who are overdue to book a Pap test today, even if they’ve had the HPV vaccine,” Ms Perera said.
The vaccine protects against 70 per cent of cervical cancers. Regular screening can prevent up to 90 per cent of cancer cases.
Baw Baw’s screening rate is however the third best of all Gippsland Local Government Areas, and is higher than the Gippsland average of 59.7 per cent and the state average of 59.2 per cent.
Latrobe City had Gippsland’s lowest screening rate: 56.4 per cent.
The 2009-2010 reporting period saw 61.6 per cent of women in Baw Baw screened.
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