• Rates are presented as age-standardised rates, that is, the number of women screened as a percentage of the ABS estimated resident population for women aged 20-69, adjusted to include only women with an intact cervix using age-specific hysterectomy fractions derived from the AIHW National Hospitals Morbidity Database, age-standardised to the Australia population at 30 June 2001.
  • The screening periods cover 1 January of the initial year to 31 December of the latter year indicated.
  • In 2013, for every 1,000 women screened, between 8 and 9 women had a high-grade abnormality detected by histology, providing an opportunity for treatment before possible progression to cancer (AIHW 2015).
  • Cervical screening aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early pre-cancerous changes in the cervix (Department of Health 2016).
  • The National Cervical Screening Program currently recommends all women aged between 18 and 70 who have ever been sexually active have regular Pap tests (Department of Health 2016).

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015. Cervical screening in Australia 2012–2013. Cancer series no. 93. Cat. no. CAN 91. Canberra: AIHW.
Department of Health 2016


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