Half of Australian women screen regularly
New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show more than five in 10, or 56 per cent of women aged 50-74 had a mammogram through BreastScreen Australia in the past two years.
The figures also show that participation in the national Cervical Screening Program is around 56 per cent among women aged 20-69.
Eligible women should be getting a free breast screen and pap test every two years.
The risk of a woman being diagnosed with cervical cancer by the age of 85 is 1 in 152. Regular pap tests can reduce up to 90 per cent of cervical cancer cases in Australia. Testing measures will significantly change from May 2017 when a new screening program comes into place for all women aged 25 to 74, requiring tests every five years.
One in eight women will get breast cancer. 75 per cent of women with breast cancer are over 50. Regular breast screens are the best way to find cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.