Cervical Cancer Prevention

Having a pap smear every 2 years is very important in prevention of cervical cancer and approximately 1 in 10 pap smears show an abnormality. Depending on the severity, immediate treatment may be necessary. In cases with a low grade abnormality, regular surveillance may be sufficient.

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) screening is performed to assess the risk of developing a high grade abnormality and subsequent invasive cancer. This is performed at the time of the pap smear. Thin prep tests are available which increase the accuracy and Dr Jacobs recommends this as it has been shown to improve sensitivity.

Other ways to prevent cervical cancer
These include minimizing the risk of getting HPV or another Sexually Transmitted Disease. A new vaccine to prevent HPV is now available in Australia and can be prescribed by Dr Jacobs.