The Foundation’s mission is to reduce the incidence and burden of cervical cancer on Australian women.

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Role of pathology in cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is highly treatable if detected early and may be prevented through vaccination and regular pap smears or genetic testing for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Quality pathology services are essential to interpreting pap smears, HPV tests and cervical biopsies in order to prevent or detect cases early. Once diagnosed, pathology tests are central to guiding treatment choices and monitoring side effects.

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Lucas’s story


Ballarat father-of-two Lucas Ellis said a Pap test was a little bit of awkward for a lot of peace of mind. He has remained vocal about men playing a more encouraging role for the women in their lives, after losing his wife Melissa to cervical cancer in 2010. Melissa was 34 years old.

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