Aboriginal women five times more likely to die from cervical disease

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Regular Pap tests can prevent up to 90% of the most common cervical diseases  – and in Australia, that means saving the lives of more than 1,200 women each year. A Pap test picks up early warning signs that can be treated before disease develops.

Aboriginal women are more than five times more likely to die from cervical disease than non-Aboriginal women in Australia. This suggests that Aboriginal women are less likely to have regular Pap tests to pick up early warning signs.

Cervical disease is one of the most preventable of all diseases. Cervical disease is a disease where normal cells in the cervix change and multiply to form a growth or tumor.

If you have a Pap test every two years you are doing the most important thing possible to avoid this disease.

Source: http://www.csp.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal

Wayne Lindsay is the founder of Medical Systems International Pty Ltd. Wayne knows how a death from cancer affects a family unit. His father passed away when he was eight years old. Wayne's daughter, Skye was diagnosed with cancer at the age of nineteen. Wayne has ten women in his direct family. Wayne has worked and lived in New Zealand (6 years), Australia (12 years), PNG (6 years) and United States of America (12 years). Wayne is qualified with Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix and National Diploma in Engineering and Survey from Auckland New Zealand. I have three children and six grandchildren. My interests include squash, rugby, tennis, the great outdoors, and contuining education.