10 September 2018

Resources for ‘tricky’ cervical cancer screening cases

Cancer Clinical Women

It has been almost 10 months since the new cervical screening test was rolled out, so by now, no doubt, most GPs will have their explanatory spiel about the new program down pat.

Also, by now, chances are many GPs will have encountered the odd “tricky case”, such as the 23-year-old who has had a previous abnormal pap smear but is too young for the current screening program, or the woman with some very minor symptoms and a negative CST, but said to be at high risk on the pathology report. That’s just to list a couple.

Even if you read or listened to all the available information prior to the commencement of the new screening, it is hard to remember all the details when you encounter some of these challenges.

Not to worry. There are some wonderful guidelines only a click away that are bound to have the answers you need.

Put out by Cancer Council Australia, these “Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding” are comprehensive, current and authoritative. 

You might need a bit of time to navigate through all the information but it is more than likely the answer to your question will be found here:


Recommended by Associate Professor Annabelle Farnsworth, Director Cytopathology, Douglass Hanly Moir, who spoke at the Annual Women’s and Children’s Health Update in Perth, August 2018.