If you have a question about cervical cancer screening, talk to your health care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant etc.).If you are a woman between the ages of 21 to 69 years, who has ever been sexually active, you can book a cervical cancer screening appointment on the Screen for Life Coach by calling us at (807) 684-7777 or 1-800-461-7031.
Cervical cancer can affect anyone with a cervix who has ever been sexually active. It is almost entirely preventable with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, regular screening, and appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal results. Women between the ages of 21 and 69, who ever been sexually active, should have a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer every three years. Most cervical cancers are found in women who have never been screened or have been screened less often than recommended by Ontario’s cervical screening guidelines. That’s why regular screening is so important.
A Pap test is a simple screening test that can help to prevent cervical cancer. A Pap test looks for abnormal cell changes on the cervix. It does not test for other cancers in the reproductive organs or for sexually transmitted infections.
A Pap test is done in a health care provider’s office. An instrument, called a speculum, is gently inserted into the vagina so the cervix can be seen. Cells are taken from the cervix and are sent to a laboratory to be examined under a microscope.
The Ontario Cervical Screening Program is the provincial cervical cancer screening program that aims to prevent and reduce deaths from cervical cancer. As part of the program, you will receive letters reminding you when you are due for your next screening and result letters notifying you of your screening results. The program recommends that women have a Pap test if they are between 21 and 69 years of age and have ever been sexually active.
Women still need to be screened for cervical cancer if they:
Women who have had a hysterectomy should talk to their healthcare provider to see if they need to continue having Pap tests.