Untold Stories - Cervical Cancer Screening


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 culturally diverse women sharing their experiences of cervical cancer screening in both their first language and English.

Spoken in  Arabic, Assyrian, Dari, French, Hindi, Karen, Khmer,  Mandarin, Nepalese, Turkish and Vietnamese the firsthand accounts dispel some common misconceptions about cervical cancer screening and encourage all women to take care of their reproductive health through regular screening.

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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Amale - Arabic Amale - English
Aylin - Arabic Aylin - English
Miriam - Assyrian Miriam - English
Najeeba - Dari Najeeba - English
Liliane - French Liliane - English
Shalinee - Hindi Shalinee - English
Jeap - Karen Jeap - English
Saloeun - Khmer Saloeun - English
Linda - Mandarin Linda - English
Ling - Mandarin Ling - English
Tulasha - Nepalese Tulasha - English
Sevi - Turkish Sevi - English
Chau - Vietnamese Chau - English

Cervical cancer screening with Dr Deborah Bateson


For more information about cervical cancer screening:

Read the Family Planning NSW Factsheet about the changes to the Cerivcal Screening Test.

Visit the Cervical Screening NSW website

It is imporant to note that this series of untold stories was developed prior to December the 1st, 2017 and therefore these women are sharing their experiences of having a Pap test rather then a Cervical Screening Test. The experience from a women's perspective of cervical screening will not change significanlty and therfore these stories are still relevant. Family Planning NSW is working on updating this collection of stories. 

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