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Pap smears 'reach only half'
05-01-2012, 06:33 PM
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Pap smears 'reach only half'
The West Australian
May 1, 2012

Only just over half of Australian women who should be screened for cervical cancer are being tested, figures reveal.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows participation rates in the national cervical cancer screening program fell in 2009-10, particularly in young women and those on low incomes.

Only 57 per cent of women aged 20 to 69 had Pap smears compared with 59 per cent in the previous year, the first significant fall after steady rates since 2004. The number of women aged 20-24 tested fell from 47 per cent to 42 per cent, but experts said Australia was one of the few countries that screened this age group.

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