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Female genital cancers

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Cancers can affect the tissues and organs that make up the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries.

Cervical cancer is one of most common forms of female cancers and is linked to infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), against which girls and boys in Australia are now routinely immunised.

Having the Cervical Screening Test every 5 years (which has replaced the Pap smear) is essential for all women who have ever been sexually active to help prevent cervical cancer.

Cancers of the uterus and ovarian cancer are difficult to identify early and any change in normal bowel or pelvic function, or generally feeling unwell, that persists for some time, should be discussed with your doctor.

Follow the links below for more information about female genital cancers.

Last reviewed: July 2018

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