Women are listening to the message telling them to get their cervical screenings done, but there is still some work to do.
The national Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) reached 3.6 million Australian women in 2010-11, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The aim of the NCSP is to encourage regular screenings in order to reduce incidences of cervical cancer, as well as the rate of related deaths.
"In Australia, we have made huge strides in preventing, screening, diagnosing and treating cervical cancer," said minister for health Tanya Plibersek.
However, it's vital that women do not get complacent and maintain regular checks.
"It’s important to remember that the biggest risk for cervical cancer is not having regular Pap tests to detect abnormalities early," said Ms Plibersek.
In 2011, maybe "8 in 1,000" women had high-grade abnormalities detected through Pap smears. Spotting potential problems early makes it easier to treat and stop abnormalities' progression to cervical cancer later on.
People living in remote areas need to be especially aware, as their record of getting screenings is lower.
Figures from 2009 reveal that in that year, there were 631 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed among women ages 20-69.
Individuals may want to consider private health insurance in the event they need cover for medical costs such as hospital stays.