Why More Female Kiwis Need To Undergo Cervical Screening

Women's health conceptKiwis should now be more particular about cancer screening after the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that cancer has become the top killer disease in the country.

For women, cervical testing becomes more necessary to detect signs of abnormal tissue or cells. Some may find it uncomfortable, although some hospitals now use a disposable speculum with a light source for comfort and sanitary purposes.

Cause of Death

Cancer claims more than 9,500 lives in New Zealand each year, or 31 per cent of all illness-related fatalities in the country, according to the MOH. By 2035, the number of people living with cancer would rise by 50 per cent, according to Cancer Society medical director Chris Jackson.

Those diagnosed with cancer every year reach more than 23,000 Kiwis. Breast cancer topped the list of registered cancer patients, followed by colorectal, prostate, melanoma and lung cancer patients. Aside from modern healthcare equipment and supplies, New Zealand can combat this high cancer rate through a high standard of treatment. A study showed that the country ranks among eight top nations when it comes to five-year survival rates.

Fewer Screenings

Cervical screening may cause some female patients to squirm, yet general practitioners might need to have additional cash incentives to convince more women to undergo regular tests. According to a study of 644 patients, less than 15% per cent of them had undergone screening every three years.

Peter Sykes, the study’s co-author, attributed the low rate of testing to a lack of incentives. Māori and Pacific women even have screening rates of 5 per cent, as well as those who live in poorer regions.


Regular testing is essential whether or not it is for cervical cancer. Early detection allows patients to prolong their lives and possibly spend less than they have to, compared with the associated expenses of treating cancer at a later stage.