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Women who’ve never had a Pap smear or who’ve skipped a few don’t need to miss out on cervical screening. For the first time, some can take their own sample if that makes them feel more comfortable. from www.shutterstock.com

Never had a Pap smear? Now there’s a DIY option for you

For the first time, some Australian women will be eligible to collect their own sample for cervical screening. While it's not as accurate as one from a GP or nurse, it could still save your life.
There’s virtually no difference in cancer incidence between women aged 20-24 years who screened are and those who are not. Spirit-Fire/Flickr

Cervical cancer screening shouldn’t start until 25

Women in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will all soon be advised to start screening for cervical cancer at 25 years, and those aged between 50 and 64 years to screen every five years rather…
Bowel cancer screening shouldn’t just be limited to Australians turning 50, 55 and 60. duvelNZ

Bowel cancer screening delays all about dollars but make no sense

In more than 30 years of treating cancer patients, I have seen some health policy decisions that defy common sense. But the most senseless of all is Treasury’s continued refusal to expand the National…
Early detection means a better chance of successful treatment but are some women being treated unnecessarily? AAP

Breast cancer screening – are women given all the facts?

Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in Australian women. But experts disagree on the benefits of breast cancer screening programs, with some arguing that it’s unclear whether…

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