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Cervical screening in Australia 2001–02 presents the latest national statistics monitoring the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer.
There were 745 new cases of cervical cancer in Australia in 2000 compared with 1,072 detected in 1989
In 2002, the Program detected 14,590 women in the target age group 20–69 years with high-grade abnormalities
The participation rate for women aged 20–69 declined from 63.4% in 1998–1999 to 61.3% in 1999-2000
Cervical cancer is the 18th most common cause of cancer mortality in women, accounting for 227 deaths in 2002
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