Cervical cancer screening saves lives. Join the pact & commit to staying on top of your screening. By signing up & getting 3 friends to commit, you could also be in the running for 3 x $100 Mecca gift vouchers.
You’re helping public health outcomes - and your own health. But in case you need a bit more encouragement, we’re also giving away three $100 gift cards to Mecca.
To qualify, all you need to do is commit to stay up to date with your screening, tell us in 25 words or less why you’re signing up, and then get 3 of your friends to also join the pact.
* If you’re already up to date on your screening - that’s fine! You’re still eligible - the pact is about committing to staying up to date and encouraging your friends to.
Prevention is better than a cure. Our mission at HealthMatch is to further the development of new treatments through clinical trials, and democratising access to these treatment options. But in an ideal world, we would intervene before it got to that point. And cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, thanks to screening and vaccination.
That’s why it’s so important for us to be up to date with cervical cancer screening. And not only are nearly half of eligible Australians overdue for their test, with all the disruptions this year, medical professionals have expressed concerns that cancer screening rates are lower than they should be compared to pre-pandemic levels.
The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) is dedicated to supporting Australian women impacted by cervical cancer. ACCF is working towards eliminating cervical cancer, and improving cervical cancer screening rates.
You can learn more about cervical cancer screenings on the ACCF website here.
Support ACCF by donating using the link below. Also, if you'd like to get a personal SMS reminder for when it's time to get screened again, ACCF offers a SMS reminder service.
Australian of the Year 2006
Co-inventor of the HPV vaccine, currently used worldwide to help prevent cervical cancer
"The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many across Australia and the world. One consequence of this period has been the reduced number of preventative cancer screening tests completed across Australia.
Australia has been on course to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035. #ThePreventionPact is a great initiative to help achieve this goal, and I proudly endorse this campaign."
With the uncertainty and impact of the pandemic, more and more women have fallen behind in keeping up-to-date with their Cervical Screening. This needs to change. Last year, it was estimated that 933 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in Australia, and 238 women died from the disease. One woman dies every 2 minutes somewhere in the world from cervical cancer.
The earlier you can detect cervical cancer, the better. Make sure that you go and get your Cervical Screening Test every 5 years. It’s so important to be vigilant. Whether you have symptoms or not, please go and get tested. That’s the scary reality of cervical cancer, you can have cancer and not know about it unless you are getting regular screenings.
- Chantelle Delaney, ACCF Ambassador