If your screening test results suggest that you have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer, or you have symptoms of cancer, your GP will refer you to a specialist for tests to confirm the diagnosis of precancerous changes or cervical cancer.

If the tests show that you have cervical cancer, the specialist will work out how far it has spread. This is known as staging.

After a cervical cancer diagnosis, you are likely to see a range of health professionals, who will all play a part in your treatment.

Many people feel understandably shocked and upset when told they have cervical cancer. If you need support, call Cancer Council 13 11 20.

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