Cervical abnormalities still high despite drop in screening participation

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) analysis found that 57% of Australian women took part in the program in 2009–10, a decline from 59% in 2007–08.

The AIHW linked participation with socioeconomic status.

“Among women residing in the areas of lowest socioeconomic status, participation was 52%. In the areas of highest socioeconomic status, it was 63%,” AIHW spokesperson Chris Sturrock said.

The detection of high-grade abnormalities in the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) remained high, she said.

In 2009–10 the detection of high-grade