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Pap Smears

Our Doctors perform routine pap smears as part of our women’s health initiatives.

What is a Pap smear?

Pap Smear North BrisbaneThe Pap smear is currently the best test available for the prevention of most cases of cervical cancer.

The Pap smear is a quick and simple test used to check for changes to the cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. A doctor takes a sample of cells from the surface of the cervix and this sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results are usually available within a week.

Who should have a Pap smear?

The National Cervical Screening Program recommends all women aged between 18 and 70 who have ever been sexually active have regular Pap tests. Women should start having Pap tests every two years from 18-20 years of age, or two years after sexual activity commences.

How often do I need a Pap smear?

Having a Pap smear every two years offers the best chance of preventing cervical cancer. Regular Pap smears every two years can help prevent up to 90 per cent of the most common type of cervical cancer.

But isn’t there a vaccine for cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer mostly occurs as a consequence of a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a common viral infection, affecting at least 75 per cent of sexually active adults at some time in their life.

Vaccines are now available that prevent the types of HPV infection that cause most cervical cancers. However all vaccinated and unvaccinated women still need regular Pap smears, for the following reasons:

  1. The current vaccines do not protect against all the types of HPV that can cause cervical cancers.
  2. Vaccination is very effective for preventing future HPV infections, but it cannot cure or prevent the risks of previous or existing infections. This is an important point for women who commenced sexual activity prior to vaccination.

What are the costs involved?

The routine Pap smear costs nothing beyond a normal consult fee, but you may be offered the option of extra tests, which may be billed by the pathology provider. You can check this with your doctor during your visit.

Book an appointment

To book your next pap smear at Albany Clinic, please phone (07) 3264 2622. If you’d like to book with a specific GP, feel free to learn a little about our doctors before calling. You also have the option of a routine breast check during each Pap test visit.