Cervical Screening

The Cervical Screening Test (CST) which was previously known as the ‘pap smear’ is a screening test performed in women who usually have no symptoms. This new CST test is much more reliable than the previous test and as such when a normal result is returned it only needs to be done every 5 years compared to the pap smear test which was done every 2 years with a normal result. It is very important that you have access to your most recent result and the recommendation for when you should have your next test (which is always included on the result).

Take action now! If you don’t know exactly when your last test was done and have absolute confidence when your next test is due call the National Cervical Screening Register on 1800 627 701 and ask them to provide these details!

Who needs a Cervical Screening Test?

1) All women aged between 25-70 should engage in regular screening if they have ever been sexually active (including if only with one partner or have only had same-sex relationships).
2) If you are having symptoms that may be attributable to cervical cancer then your doctor may recommend a CST even if you are younger than the usual starting age or if you are not yet due for your next CST.