Screening Program For Cervical Cancer
As of Monday, November 6, 2023, new cervical screening guidelines will have gone into effect. To learn more about the new guidelines, please click here.
Cervical cancer is preventable and treatable when found early. Cervical cancer screening with combined Pap and HPV reflex testing can find abnormal cells in the cervix before they become cancer. It is free and can be done by a healthcare provider at their clinic. Anyone with a cervix aged 25 to 69 should be screened every three years.
The Screening Program for Cervical Cancer:
- Provides education about cervical screening;
- Informs women and people with a cervix aged 25-69 when they are due for a Pap test;
- Notifies participants of their Pap and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) reflex test results; and,
- Works with healthcare providers to ensure appropriate follow-up of abnormal results.
Why is Cervical Cancer Screening Important?
- Cervical cancer is preventable and treatable when found early.
- Cervical cancer screening looks for abnormal cell changes in the cervix before cancer develops. These cell changes may become cancer if left undetected and untreated.
- Abnormal cell changes in the cervix can be treated to stop cancer from developing.
- Screening can also identify cancer during its early phase – before it can cause symptoms. This can result in simpler treatment, more treatment options, and less need for chemotherapy.