Cervical Screening pop up clinic in Nyngan

A test that could save a life is in Nyngan

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging all women aged between 25 and 74 years that have been sexually active, to visit the cervical screening pop in clinic at Nyngan on January 15 and 21.

The Cervical Screening test has replaced the pap test and aims to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer, by finding the condition that causes it, Human Papillomavirus or HPV.

"Around 80 per cent of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer had never been screened, or were not up-to-date with their screening," WNSWLHD women's health nurse Ashley Phillips said.

"This is why it is so important that all eligible women have a cervical screening test."

The cervical screening pop up clinic will be operating alongside the Breast screen van in Nyngan.

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"By finding HPV at an early stage, cervical cancer can be prevented," Ms Phillips said.

"Some women will find out that they have HPV with or without abnormal cells in their cervix. Depending on the type of HPV and the cells changes, they will have further tests, or may have another screen in twelve months.

"For most women, without the HPV infection they won't need their next screening test for five years."

Nyngan Health Service Manager Jenny Griffiths said as a health service it is great for our communities to have access to both the Breastscreen van and Cervical Screening pop in clinic to visit our town.

"This is a perfect opportunity for women to get all their test done in one location," she said.

If you would like to find out more about the Cervical Screening pop in clinics please contact Ms Phillips on 6809 8626