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Women are confused about how the new test for human papillomavirus (HPV), pictured here, will help them prevent cervical cancer. Let’s fix that. from www.shutterstock.com

Delays and confusion cloud roll-out of new cervical cancer screening program

The roll-out of a new screening program for cervical cancer has been delayed, leaving Australian women understandably confused about if or when they need Pap smears. Here's what they need to know.
Young women in Kano, northern Nigeria. Access to cancer screening in the region is particularly problematic. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

What’s stopping Nigerian women from being screened for cancer?

Women in northern Nigeria are not going for cancer screenings early enough. There are myriad social, cultural and economic reasons for this. But early detection would save their lives.
Some of the equipment used during a Pap smear procedure. Pap smears are at the centre of the South African government’s cervical cancer prevention strategy, despite it yielding little success. shutterstock

Failure to set up affordable cervical cancer tests costs South Africa

South Africa's cervical cancer strategy has not yielded great results. Despite this, the country has still not opted for an alternative screening methods.
Not just about girls. Teens by Shutterstock

Why boys should get the HPV vaccine too

Ask anyone about Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, and they will probably tell you that it is linked to cervical cancer. If they are a teenage girl living in the UK, they will know this as they will have been…
As with most matters health, how sex and cancer risk are linked is complicated and dependent on several factors. Lucas Frasca/Flickr

Health Check: can sex affect your risk of getting cancer?

The sex act has many health benefits from reducing stress and tension, to boosting your immune system. It may even affect your risk of developing certain cancers. But as with most matters health, how sex…
The HPV vaccination program has had a profound impact on lowering the risk of cervical cancer in young women and suggested changes complement it. Emilian Robert Vicol/Flickr

Recommended cervical screening regime will save even more lives

Australian women may soon have fewer of those uncomfortable visits to the doctor for cervical cancer screening. After an extensive evidence review, the Medical Services Advisory Committee has recommended…

HIV drug kills cervical cancer virus

The antiviral HIV drug lopinavir has been successfully used to treat women with human papillomavirus positive, early stage…

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