Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Spend a Night in to Help Aid Cancer Fight

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Spend a Night in to Help Aid Cancer Fight

Article excerpt

THIS October, the 2500 Queensland women hosting a Girls' Night In to raise awareness and funds to beat women's cancers will be reminded of the important yet simple steps they can take to help prevent and detect cancer early.

Cancer Council urges all eligible Queensland women to make the time to visit their GP for a free Pap smear every two years, with research showing only half of eligible women are currently completing the test.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said having a regular Pap smear is essential in the early detection of cervical cancer.

"Regular Pap smears are currently the best protection against cervical cancer," Ms Clift said.

"Nearly all cervical cancer occurs as a result of the human papilloma virus (HPV) - though not all HPV infections lead to cervical cancer.

"If every woman aged between 18 and 70 years had a Pap smear every two years, or within two years of becoming sexually active, more than 90 per cent of cervical cancers could be prevented. …

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