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Shake up to cervical cancer screening

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Changes have been made to Australia's cervical cancer screening program.

The test is still offered through a GP, but now women can ask to collect their own sample.

It's hoped offering more privacy will encourage more people to come forward.

Liz Ham from the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation says screening is recommended every five years for women over the age of 25.

"Over 70 per cent of the people who get cervical cancer have either never been screened or are under screened," she says.

Mackays's diagnosis rate for cervical cancer is above the national average.

Image: Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervial Cancer