Free women's health service mobile rolling into Warwick
WOMEN of Warwick will have access to all their health needs including the latest cervical screening test.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service mobile women's health nurse Kathryn Anning will visit Warwick in September to conduct free clinics.
Ms Anning said it is important for women to prioritise their health and make time for regular check-ups and tests such as the new cervical screening test.
"Regular cervical screening tests are the best protection against cervical cancer," she said.
The simple procedure checks the health of the cervix, it is more accurate than the previous Pap test and needs to be done less often.
Ms Anning said if you have ever had a pap test before, the way the test is done will feel the same.
"The test looks and feels the same as the pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus, known as HPV,” she said.
At least 80 per cent of women are exposed to the HPV virus during their lifetime.
Evidence from Cancer Council Australia, shows the new test will reduce cervical cancer incidence and mortality by at least 20 per cent.
Most people who are infected with HPV have no signs or symptoms and most HPV infections are temporary and resolve within two years.
When the virus persists, there is a chance of developing cervical pre-cancer or cancer.
The new cervical screening test replaces the two-yearly pap test for people.
"A woman's first cervical screening test is due two years after her last pap test,” Ms Anning said.
"After that, if results are normal, women only need to have the test every five years.”
From December 2017 all women over the age of 25 should start having cervical screening tests and will receive a letter inviting them onto the national cervical screening program.
Ms Anning will be available to see at the Warwick Hospital Specialist Clinic on September 5 and 19 from 9am to 3pm.
The Mobile Women's Health clinics offer a range of services including cervical screening tests, breast awareness, sexual health testing, and advice for issues such as continence, menopause, contraception and general wellbeing. The service is free, confidential and available to all women.
For bookings and information phone Warwick Hospital outpatients department on 4660 3841.