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Date posted: 15 April 2013
Physical isolation and cultural differences are being blamed for pap smears rates in the Kimberley falling well below those in the rest of Western Australia.
Currently, 10 per cent fewer women living in the far north are getting the recommended two-year cervical check compared with those in other areas.
In some remote communities, 65 per cent of women are not having a regular pap smear.
Jessica Carter, from the WA cervical cancer prevention program, says it will be running a campaign over the next few months to get more women signed up.
She says there are hurdles to overcome.
'Obviously there's a high Aboriginal population in the Kimberley region and with that it brings some cultural issues that can arise with accessing health services, whether it's language and cultural appropriateness and such things,' she said.
'Our main message that we want to let women know is that while pap smears are a very private and personal procedure, they can really save your life.'
'It's important to take care of your health and well-being and to make sure you have those regular well-woman checks at your local health clinic or at the doctor.'
Source: ABC News