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Cervical Cancer Facts

  • In 2014, approximately 630 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ontario and about 150 women will die from the disease.
  • Between 2010 and 2012, approximately 64 percent of eligible Ontario women 20 to 69 years old were screened for cervical cancer and pre-cancer with a Pap test. The cervical cancer screening participation rate has remained steady at 64 to 65 percent since 2004–2006.
  • In 2009–2011, screening participation was highest in women 30 to 39 years of age and lowest in women 60 to 69 years of age.  Among women aged 60 to 69, only 53.4 percent of these women were screened once every three years, compared to 69.1 percent of women aged 30 to 39.
  • HPV is very common – about 3 out of 4 people who have engaged in intimate sexual activity and genital skin-to-skin contact have been exposed to HPV at some time.
  • Some HPV types can cause cell changes in the cervix (infections) that may slowly lead to cancer if they are not found and treated.
  • Most women who have been exposed to HPV do not develop cancer of the cervix.
Last modified: Thu, Feb 19, 2015
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