Cervical screening - then and now
Since the Federal Government is presently in the final stages of considering an expert review on cervical cancer screening, it is a good time to reflect on the gains of the past and to examine the potential advantages of moving to HPV detection as the primary screening test for cervical pre-cancerous change.
Cervical cancer is still the fourth most common female cancer worldwide.
There were an estimated 266,000 deaths from cervical cancer in 2012, with 87% of these occurring in less-developed regions.1
Though the past 50 years have seen an enormous drop in mortality from