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Cervical cancer is a very common but preventable cancer. We aim to reduce the number of women who develop and die from cervical cancer by providing routine screening at regular intervals. This screening aims to detect the precancerous changes which if not treated, may lead to cancer.
It is a disease that takes on average 10 to 20 years to develop. This means that screening for the detection and treatment of precancerous lesions can be very effective for women who have regular cervical smears.
The Guidelines recommend
Some groups of women have higher rates of cervical cancer. These include:
Regular screening significantly reduces the chance of suffering cervical cancer perhaps by as much as 90% however there are around 200 reported cases and 65 deaths per year of this cancer.
The best way to reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer is to have regular cervical smear tests every three years.
Auckland PHO Medical Centres offer free cervical smears to some women. Ask your GP or practice nurse if you qualify.
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