There has been a spike in cervical cancer cases in Australia since 2015, with an estimated 817 new cases each year, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Government.
But it’s not just about the number of new cases, the report warns.
“More than half of the new cases are in women over the age of 50,” the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing said.
The report also found that around 80 per cent of women aged 50 to 64 years are not getting cancer treatment, despite being at high risk for it. “
For those women who have experienced the cancer, it’s difficult to know whether it will ever get worse or if it is a temporary, manageable disease.”
The report also found that around 80 per cent of women aged 50 to 64 years are not getting cancer treatment, despite being at high risk for it.
The government has made tackling the problem of cervical cancer a priority.
It launched the National Cervical Cancer Strategy in the 2017-18 financial year, which aims to increase the uptake of cervical screening in the community and to increase awareness and care in women of all ages.
The report also noted that about one in 10 women have experienced cervical cancer in their lifetime, which the government said could mean women are at high-risk of developing cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is not a rare condition, but it is not as easy to diagnose and treat as other cancers, such as breast cancer.
The National Cancer Strategy estimates around 2.5 million Australian women and 0.7 million men will develop cervical cancer at some point in their lives.
The Australian Institute of Health Research estimates that 1.2 million Australians will die from cervical cancer by the time they reach age 75.