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Untold Stories - Cervical Cancer Screening


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Untold Stories: Cervical Cancer Screening presents a series of audio visual 'stories' based on real life experiences of everyday people.

Gathered from interviews with women from different cultural backgrounds, this digital storytelling project features five women sharing their experiences of cervical cancer screening in both their first language and English.

Spoken in Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, French and Nepalese, the firsthand accounts dispel some common misconceptions about cervical cancer screening (Pap tests) and encourage all women to take care of their reproductive health through regular Pap tests.

While Untold Stories is for all women, it was developed specifically for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds where the impact of cultural beliefs on health promotion can play an important role.

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in women worldwide. In Australia, cervical cancer rates have fallen thanks to an effective screening program but the incidence rate remains higher in many groups of overseas born women. Lower uptake of cervical cancer screening is the likely cause for this observed discrepancy.

Untold Stories encourages regular testing for this preventable disease that can impact not just the individual, but also the family, family reputation, kinship and privacy.

Untold Stories: cervical cancer screening

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Liliane (English)

Liliane (French)

Chau (English)

Chau (Vietnamese)

Ling (English)

Ling (Mandarin)

Amale (English)

Amale (Arabic)

Tulasha (English)

Tulasha (Nepalese)




























Cervical cancer screening with Dr Deborah Bateson


Pap tests

HPV Vaccine







For more information about cervical cancer screening:


Read the Family Planning NSW Pap Test Fact Sheet TESTS.pdf


Visit the Cervical Screening NSW website


Download the 'When did you last have a Pap smear?' brochure in languages other than English