While young people in Australia are lucky enough to be given the opportunity of having the Gardasil® vaccine free of charge, the vaccine only protects against 70% of the cancer-causing HPV types. In order to be almost fully protected against cervical cancer, even if women have been vaccinated, it is still important that they have the recommended 2-yearly Pap tests.
Alarmingly 43% of Australian women are not having the recommended 2-yearly Pap tests. Unfortunately, 90% of the women who do die from cervical cancer have not had regular Pap tests. Early detection is the key! ACCF has several programs in place to educate Australians about cervical cancer and the importance of Pap tests.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for Schools
The Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for Schools (CCAPS) is aimed at high school students (both boys and girls) from the age of 12 to raise their awareness about cervical cancer and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer and other cancers in both men and women.
Community Awareness Education Programs
Community groups and workplaces can also take part in ACCF’s Community Education Program. Trained ACCF volunteer presenters are available to come to workplaces or community groups to talk to your group or staff members about cervical cancer.
Workplace Education Program
The free Cervical Cancer Workplace Education Program is a fun and inspiring way to help women easily and practically prevent cervical cancer. The program can be tailored to the needs of any organisation with a number of unique and interactive ways to engage your staff.
ACCF offers an informational support program for women affected by cervical cancer and their families. To find out more please click here.
Get The Pap Text Reminder Service
Get the Pap Text is an initiative of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) to reduce the number of Australian women who suffer or die each year from cervical cancer. Get the Pap Text is an SMS reminder sent to Australian women during the month they nominate they are due for their 2-yearly Pap test.
Indigenous Support Program
Indigenous women have 5 times greater risk of dying from cervical cancer than other Australian women. ACCF is working towards developing a comprehensive culturally friendly support and education program for Indigenous women.