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Health checks for women

Woman examining breast for lumps.

Breast cancer awareness

Your risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Here’s how to recognise symptoms and detect it early.

Woman having a mammogram

Mammography

A mammogram is a type of X-ray used to screen for breast cancer. Learn more about the process, plus the benefits and risks of mammography.

Woman getting a bone density scan with doctor beside her.

Osteoporosis diagnosis

Osteoporosis is often diagnosed after a fracture caused by weakening bones. Learn about the diagnosis of osteoporosis, including bone density tests.

Skin cancer diagnosis

Skin cancer is diagnosed by physical examination and biopsy. Find out more about mole checks and how skin cancer is diagnosed.

BMI and waist circumference can estimate your healthy weight.

Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference

Learn to estimate whether or not you are a healthy weight by calculating your body mass index (BMI) and measuring your waist circumference.

What is a healthy blood pressure?

It's important to have your blood pressure checked, as high blood pressure can affect blood flow to your organs. Discover more about this simple test.

Cholesterol and lipid tests

A cholesterol (or lipid profile) test looks at the various levels of cholesterol and other fats in your blood.

Blood glucose test

Blood glucose tests, also sometimes called blood sugar tests, are usually used to check for or monitor diabetes.

View of woman on the toilet from the waist up as she reaches for toilet paper.

Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer screening is important for early detection. A national screening process is in place called the faecal occult blood test (FOBT).

Regular eye tests can help make sure your eyes are in good health.

Eye tests

Regular eye tests can pick up problems before you notice any symptoms – and you don’t need a referral to see an optometrist.

Couple talking to doctor.

Genetic testing

Genetic testing can give you vital information if you're planning a family or if you, or your partner, has a genetic disorder.

Image of doctors hands preparing a cervical screening test with female patient in the background.

Cervical screening test

Pap smears have been replaced by a new cervical screening test to detect human papillomavirus (HPV), helping protect women from cervical cancer.

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Health checks for women - Better Health Channel

A woman at high risk of a particular disease should be checked more frequently and/or at an earlier age.

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Cervical cancer screening; what you need to know | Know Pathology Know Healthcare

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer? When should I get tested? What if my test is positive? Find out the answer to your cervical cancer screening question

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What is pathology? | Know Pathology Know Healthcare

70% of medical decisions rely on pathology Pathology is a medical specialty that determines the cause and nature of diseases by examining and testing body tissues (from biopsies and pap smears, for example) and bodily fluids (from samples including blood and urine)

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Mammogram Scans | Cancer Diagnosis & Cancer Tests

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast tissue that can detect changes before they develop into a lump large enough to be felt. Learn more with CanTeen.

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Cervical screening test - Lab Tests Online AU

Why, when and how to get a cervical screening test

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Human papillomavirus - Lab Tests Online AU

How, when and why HPV testing is done.

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Cancer Screening - Cervical Screening

Cervical Screening home page.

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Get checked – women | Cancer Council

Finding cancer early offers the best chances to cure the disease. Read our fact sheet on symptoms, screening and risks of cancer for women

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Breast cancer screening | Cancer Council

Cancer Council Australia provides information on the national screening program available in Australia to detect breast cancer. Find out more here

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Early detection of breast cancer | Cancer Council

It is important that breast cancer is detected early. Read our latest information on symptoms, screening and how to reduce the risk of cancer

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