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Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer is preventable. Each year, about 630 women are diagnosed with cancer of the cervix and about 150 women die from this disease in Ontario. Screening is the only way to detect the early changes that might lead to cervical cancer. Most cervical cancers are diagnosed in women who have never been screened or have not been screened regularly.

64% of Ontario women aged 20 to 69 years were screened for cervical cancer in 2010-2012.

Source: Cancer System Quality Index 2014

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, which is located at the opening of the uterus. Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal results and human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization.

Go to Resources for the Public for information about causes of cervical cancer.

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Who should be screened for cervical cancer?

The Ontario Cervical Screening Program recommends that women who are or have been sexually active have a Pap test every 3 years starting at age 21. Cancer Care Ontario's cervical cancer screening guidelines provide more details for healthcare providers about when screening should start and how long women should wait between screens.

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