Media campaign will allay fears over cervical screening changes

Women's fears about longer screening intervals and starting at an older age will need to be addressed before changes to the cervical cancer screening program are to be adopted, experts say.

From 1 May 2017, two-yearly Pap smears starting from age 18 will be replaced by five-yearly HPV tests from age 25 under the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program.

However, a newly published survey of 149 Victorian women aged 16-27 found that 69% were worried the new program would result in missed cancer diagnoses and 58% believed it was a cost-cutting exercise