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Cervical screening in Australia 2012-2013

Posted on: 18 May, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 2, April 2015 – June 2015
Related to Deaths Cancer Women Services

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)
Cervical screening in Australia 2012-2013
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report is the latest in the Cervical screening in Australia series, published annually to provide monitoring of national participation and performance for the National cervical screening program (NCSP). The report provides data for the 2012-2013 period of participation in the NCSP, as well as the latest available cervical cancer incidence and mortality data. The target group for the program is women aged 20-69.

Incidence of cervical cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was more than twice that of non-Indigenous women, and mortality was four times the non-Indigenous rate.

Participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was not reported due to Indigenous status information not being collected on pathology forms. Evidence does suggest, however, that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population group is under-screened.

It has been recognised that Indigenous women face cultural, linguistic and physical barriers to cervical screening, and state and territory cervical screening programs have developed initiatives to increase participation in cervical screening by Indigenous women.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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