Keeping up with your Health Checks
In your 20s and 30s your health might be the last thing on your mind, but it's just as important to visit your GP for a check up at this stage as it is later in life. Women are recommended to have a general health and wellbeing check-up once a year, keeping in mind the following checks throughout life.
|Cervical Cancer Screening|
|Sexual Health and STI Screening|
|Skin Cancer Checks|
|Bowel Cancer Screening|
|Breast Cancer Screening|
|Bone Mass Density Scan|
Cervical screening tests are important if you have ever been sexually active. As of December 2017, cervical screening tests have replaced the Pap test.
Performed by a GP or gynaecologist a cervical screening test should be completed two years after your last Pap test. This test detects human papillomavirus (HPV) cells in the cervix before they develop into cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer Prevention
- Make an appointment with your GP or Health Provider for a Cervical Screen
- Use protection if sexually active
- Talk to your GP about getting the vaccination against HPV
Cervical Cancer Facts
- HPV affects most people at some point in their lives as it is a common infection and many people never know it as there are usually no symptoms
- 99% of cervical cancer is caused by persistent infection with certain types of HPV
- Every year around 800 Australian women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, however most cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening
Performed by yourself, regular self-checks are recommended to recognise any changes in your breasts.
It is important to know your breasts so that you can notice changes in the size or shape of the breast or nipple, changes in the skin over the breast such as redness or dimpling, lumps or lumpiness. If you notice changes, or have a family history, discuss this with your GP.
Breast Screen Australia offers free breast screening by mammogram every two years to women aged 50 - 69.
Regular self-examinations and breast screening is the best form of early detection, offering the best chance of successful treatment when detected early.
Breast Cancer Facts
- Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women
- 1 in 8 Women will be diagnosed in their life
- Breast cancer affects both men and women
- 8 Australian women die of breast cancer every day