"What we know is 90 per cent of the women who are going to get cervical cancer or die from cervical cancer are in that group."
The cervical cancer vaccine is highly effective but it only protects against 80 per cent of cervical cancers, therefore sexually active women between the age of 18 and 69 should be tested at least every two years.
This week is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation is urging women to ensure they stay up-to-date.
"One of the issues there is that while the cervical cancer vaccine is very effective and very, very safe, it only protects you against the two main viruses that cause 80 per cent of cervical cancers," Mr Tooma added.
When was your last check?
For more information on my cervical cancer screening is so important, head to www.cancerinstitute.org.au.