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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How common is cervical cancer?

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  • ACCF’s Vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, … View Profile

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that in 2010, 658 Australian women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and 241 women died. It ranks as the 15th most frequent cancer among women in Australia and the 5th most frequent between women from 15-44 years of age. About 5% of Pap tests are diagnosed as being abnormal. In 2009, 2,086,584 Pap tests were conducted and of these 112,000 were diagnosed as being abnormal of which 84,000 were low-grade abnormalities and 28,000 were high-grade abnormalities or cervical cancer.

    It is believed that over 300,000 women a year worldwide die of cervical cancer which means a woman dies every 2 minutes. In developing countries where vaccines and screening are usually not available, cervical cancer is one of the leading cancer killers of women.

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