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Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation

The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) works in Australia, and through its Overseas Relief Fund in developing countries, to enhance and protect women's health.

The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation Health Promotion Charitable Trust works in Australia to eliminate cervical cancer.

Vision

ACCF’s vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, in Australia and developing countries.

Mission

ACCF’s mission is to minimise the incidence and burden of cervical cancer and related women’s health issues: to assist women, their families, and communities by developing and implementing practical and appropriate programs, and by partnering with like-minded governments, organisations, and individuals to achieve health outcomes which reduce marginalisation and contribute to developing stronger communities.

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Last reviewed: August 2016

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The faces of cervical cancer

Welcome to The Faces of Cervical Cancer a space where you can read and share your stories of how cervical cancer has affected you or your loved ones.

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Get the Pap Text

"Get the Pap Text" is an initiative to remind people when they need to get a pap test with a periodical text. Getting a Pap Text is simple! Just complete the form below. Give us your email address to also receive an email confirmation and reminder.

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Prevention

Cervical cancer should be almost entirely preventable Professor Ian Frazer AC, co-inventor of the HPV vaccine.

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What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix. These abnormal cells can develop into tumours and in worst case scenarios spread throughout the body. The cervix is part of the female reproductive systemRead more

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Programs Overseas

Cervical cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in developing countries. Every year, at least 280,000 women worldwide die from this serious disease and yet it is highly preventable. ACCF believes that no matter where a woman lives, every woman should have the chance to protect herself from cervical cancer. We are determined to help eliminate cervical cancer in Australia and in in our neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Kiribati, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Vietnam through the facilitation of vaccination programs for girls as well as screening and treatment programs for women.

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FAQ

HPVs are extremely common with 80% of people having the virus in their life. There are over 100 different types of HPV, the majority of which are not nasty so currently HPV testing is rarely done. For women, regularPap tests remain the best way to detect abnormal cells on the cervix caused by HPV.

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Support

Cancer Connections is a free, professionally moderated online support community where people living with and affected by cancer can find, receive and provide support by participating in groups, discussions, blogs and webinars. For more information visit their website or join here.

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Cervical Health

Your cervical health is so important. Being diagnosed with an abnormal Pap test or with cervical cancer can be a very scary and lonely time for women and their families. In addition to your doctor and health professional team, ACCF is here to help women and their families with information and support during this time. Please feel free to call ACCF on 1300 727 630 anytime, as well as following these links for more information:

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Diagnosis

If cell changes develop into cervical cancer, a number of tests are run to find a diagnosis. A description of some of the test can be found here.

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