In New Zealand each year over 2,600 women and 20 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. For every person who is diagnosed, other people are affected including husbands, wives, partners, children, family and friends. This means that in one year, thousands of New Zealanders are affected by breast cancer.
All women between the ages of 20 to 69 years who have ever been or are sexually active, who are registered with the practice are eligible to have a smear test.
Do you require a smear?
A smear test is not required if:
- You are currently pregnant (unless an abnormal smear is being followed up as per Guidelines for Cervical Screening NZ)
- You have never been sexually active
- You had had a previous total hysterectomy with benign histology AND have had no previous high-grade lesions