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  • The Cervical Screening Test (which replaced the Pap test) is a quick and simple test that checks for the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that can cause changes to the cells of the cervix which may lead to cervical cancer.
  • Having HPV or abnormal cell changes in the cervix does not mean you have cancer, but if left undetected and untreated may lead to cancer.
  • Treatment for cervical cancer can include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments.
  • The National Cervical Screening Program recommends that all women and people with a cervix aged between 25 and 74 who have ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every 5 years, even if they've had the HPV vaccine.
  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent the types of HPV that cause most of the HPV-related cancers and disease in people of all genders.

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Reviewed on: 25-07-2022