DID YOU KNOW? We offer FREE cervical screenings!

 

You might be thinking: what’s a cervical screening, is that like a pap smear? Cervical screenings were introduced in 2017 and they are more effective at detecting abnormalities in the cervix than the pap smear/test. It is estimated that cervical screenings will protect up to one third more people than the pap test. Cervical screenings screen for evidence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and it is this difference that has resulted in a higher level of protection.

 

Detecting HPV makes a difference, here’s why:
  • HPV causes over 95% of all cervical cancer.
  • It is a very common virus which doesn’t usually cause any symptoms.
  • HPV clears up on its own in most cases.
  • It is passed from person to person via intimate contact with an infected person’s genital area.
  • It is not passed by bodily fluids, but by genital skin-to-skin contact.
  • You can become infected with HPV even if it is your first time having sexual contact with another person.
  • There are many different types of HPV, not all cause cancer.
  • Condoms do not protect against HPV, as they do not cover all the genital skin.
  • People of all genders can be infected with HPV.
  • HPV can cause other types of cancer including penile cancer and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer in the back of the throat).
  • You can be vaccinated for HPV, which provides protection from up to 9 types of HPV that cause cervical cancer, as well protection from some types that can cause genital warts, and other types of cancer in all genders.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, it is also treatable and even CURABLE if caught early. 80% of people who develop cervical cancer have never been screened or have not been screened regularly, as such it is vital that we all keep up with our cervical screenings every 5 years, or earlier if directed by your healthcare provider.  Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer among women and people with cervixes, globally. Regular screenings and health checks are crucial in making sure you are, and continue to stay, healthy.

Contact us for further info: www.swwhic.com.au/contact/ 

 

References:

https://www.cancer.org.au/cervicalscreening/i-am-over-25/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-the-test/why-should-i-do-the-test

www.cancer.org.au/cervicalscreening/about-the-test/what-is-hpv

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cervical-cancer

https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm#:~:text=Most%20men%20who%20get%20HPV,anus%2C%20mouth%2C%20or%20throat

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/human-papillomavirus-hpv-vaccine

https://www.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/vaccines/human-papillomavirus-hpv-immunisation-service