Cervical cancer kills a quarter of a million women worldwide every year. A self-collected HPV test may help to change that.
Kirsty Browne was just 26 when, following a routine Pap smear, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had her cervix removed. But four months ago, she had a little boy. Her doctors believe she's one of only a handful of women in Australia who have delivered a baby after having the surgery.
Did you know pap smears have been replaced with HPV screening? And, if you cannot stand the thought of a doctor performing the examination, a do-it-yourself option "as easy as putting a tampon in" is available.
Cervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in Australia within the next four decades, medical experts say, after new data revealed infection rates had plummeted to just 1 per cent in young women.
The way we think about cancer is undergoing a slow but radical transformation, with studies at a molecular level revealing how "rare" each cancer is. How we fund research should change too, writes Darren Saunders.
Pap smears are being phased out in favour of HPV tests, in a move experts say will improve early detection and save lives. Here's what you need to know.
A series of stumbles in creating a national cancer screening service have led to a seven-month delay and a multi-million-dollar blow-out in costs, according to a report by the auditor-general which argues the project suffered due to "ambitious timelines".