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  • Cervical cancer is largely preventable through regular screening
  • On 1 December 2017, the cervical screening test replaced the Pap test.
  • The cervical screening test is effective because it detects the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • The cervical screening test protects up to 30 per cent more women than the Pap test.
  • The HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV infection known to cause cervical cancer, so continue having regular screens.

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Reviewed on: 16-08-2018