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The National cervical screening program (NCSP) is a joint initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments. It was implemented in 1995 to reduce the prevalence of cervical cancer deaths and morbidity in Australian women. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and curable of all cancers.
The program seeks to encourage women aged 18 to 69 years to have regular Pap smears. A Pap smear every two years can prevent the most common form of cervical cancer in up to 90% of cases and is the best protection against cervical cancer.
The NCSP is working to achieve the following aims:
Since the introduction of the NCSP, the mortality from cervical cancer has halved.
The NCSP is a joint program of the Australian and state and territory governments. Regular evaluations of the program are published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Abstract adapted from National Cervical Screening Program
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