Jan 16
Brewarrina, a test that could save a life

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging all women aged between 25 and 74 years of age that are and have been sexually active, to visit the cervical screening pop in clinic at Brewarrina on Tuesday 4th February until Thursday 6th February 2020.

The Cervical Screening test replaced the Pap test. The aim of cervical screening is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer, by finding the condition that causes it, Human Papillomavirus or HPV. 

WNSWLHD Women’s Health Nurse Jane O’Connor, said, “Around 80% of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer had never been screened, or were not up-to-date with their screening.”

“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 Brewarrina.  

“By finding HPV at an early stage, cervical cancer can be prevented”

“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.” Jane said.

Brewarrina Health Service Manager Heather Finlayson, 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.”  Heather said.

If you would like to find out more about the Cervical Screening pop in clinics please contact Alexis Redmond, Brewarrina Hospital, Brewarrina 68305000