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Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in South African after breast cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. All women should have a pap smear at least every 10 years starting at age 30 years. This means at around 30, 40 and 50 years of age.
(Guidelines, Manuals and Instructions) Department of Health (National) (The Government of South Africa)
The Cervical Health Implementation Project is a collaborative project of the Women's Health Research Unit (WHRU) of the University of Cape Town, the Women's Health Project of the University of the Witwatersrand and EngenderHealth USA, with support from the South African National Department of Health.
Information for women over 30 on what pap smears are, and when and why they should be done.