Cancer screening

Find out more about cancer screening and national programs
The National Cervical Cancer Screening Program offers a free Cervical Screening Test every 5 years for women aged 25 to 74 years. This test is more effective than the formerly used Pap test, because it detects the human papillomavirus (HPV) which can cause cervical cell changes, whereas the Pap test looked for cell changes once they had occurred. For most women aged 25-74, their Cervical Screening Test is due 2 years after their last Pap test, and then every 5 years until the age of 74.

Upcoming changes

  • National Cervical Cancer Screening Program homepage
  • Learning modules: This comprehensive set of online learning modules provide healthcare providers with information on the following areas
    • Communicating the importance of screening and test results to patients
    • Changes to the National Cervical Screening Program
    • Changes to practice and the cervical screening clinical pathway
  • HealthPathways Sunshine Coast and Gympie provides pathways for bowel cancer follow up and cervical polyps should the cancer screening detect any symptoms.


    About cancer screening

    Cancer screening can detect cancers before any symptoms emerge. Simple screening tests can detect cancer early by looking for particular changes and early signs. Australia has national cancer screening programs for breast, bowel and cervical cancer. Information and resources are available from the Department of Health’s Cancer Screening website.

    We work with primary health care providers to increase their capacity to promote cancer screening and support patients to access cancer screening services and initiatives.

    GPs Cancer Screening Rates

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    Cancer Screening Rates for consumers

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