Self-sampling cervical screening now available

Did you know that most people who get cervical cancer are not screened regularly or have never been screened?

If you are a woman or a person with a cervix, ages 25-74, a Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years is your best protection against cervical cancer.

Because the National Cervix Screening Program (NCSP) makes self-sampling more accessible, we launched the At Your Cervix: Self-Sampling Campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness and improve cervical cancer screening rates among eligible Western Australians.

About self-collection

As of July 1, 2022, there are now two options for having a cervical examination done. You can choose to screen by collecting your own sample (also known as self-sampling); or have a healthcare provider take your sample.

Self-sampling allows you to take your own vaginal sample for testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) and is accessible through a healthcare provider.

Melissa Treby, our education and screening manager, says access to self-collection could remove some of the cultural and personal barriers that have discouraged some people in the past from taking their five-year cervical screening test.

“Currently, about 64 percent of Western Australians eligible to participate are up to date with their screening, but some priority populations have a higher proportion of people who have either never been screened or who are not screened regularly,” said Ms. Treby.

“The self-collection option aims to increase participation by addressing some of the barriers to screening that some people may experience, thereby helping to equitably accelerate Australia’s progress towards the elimination of cervical cancer. “

Ms Treby said Cervical Screening Tests can prevent the development of cervical cancer by detecting HPV early, before it has a chance to cause cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer.

About our At Your Cervix: self-collection campaign

The At Your Cervix: Self Collection Campaign, funded by the WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, aims to advance the adoption of cervical screening by increasing awareness, understanding and confidence in self-sampling for cervical screening.

Highlighting the two options for cervical screening now available, women and people with a cervix are reminded to prioritize their health by booking their cervical screening test.

Both options are accurate, safe, and effective ways to participate in cervical cancer screening. We encourage women and people with a cervix aged 25-74 to talk to their healthcare provider about which option is best for them.

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