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At Your Cervix’ campaign to encourage young women to have cervical screening test

29th March 2021

With less than half of eligible Victorian women or people with a cervix aged 25 to 34 taking part in the National Cervical Screening Program, Cancer Council Victoria is launching an urgent call for young Victorians to prioritise their health by booking their cervical screening test.

Launching at the end of March, the campaign goes live across radio, digital and social media channels across Victoria to position cervical screening as the ultimate act of self-care, to inform women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 34 that cervical screening can prevent the development of cervical cancer or detect cell changes early when successful treatment is more likely.

The National Cervical Screening Program changed on 1 December 2017 to improve early detection and save more lives. All women aged between 25 and 74 years are now invited to have a Cervical Screening Test every five years, instead of a Pap test every two years.

We hope that this campaign will help to combat the drop in cervical screening rates that we have seen here in Victoria as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to reassure our young communities that it is safe to have a cervical screening test right now.

We are encouraging women or people with a cervix aged 25 to 34 to use the directory of cervical screening providers to book their cervical screening test.

Alternatively, please call Macedon Ranges Health on 5428 0300 and book an appointment with Louise Beer, Nurse Cervical Screening Provider who can complete your cervical screening test.

More information on preventing cervical cancer can be found on the Cancer Council Victoria website.