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Cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer is preventable. Yet, year after year, about 550 women are diagnosed with cancer of the cervix, and about 160 women die from this disease in Ontario.

Current guidelines recommend that cervical cancer screening occur every three years for all women starting at age 21 who are or ever have been sexually active. Pap tests can stop at age 70 years of age in women who have had three or more normal tests in the prior 10 years.

The Ontario Cervical Screening Program utilizes a correspondence program which includes:

  • mailing women their screening test results, initially for abnormal and unsatisfactory results, expanding to all results;

  • recall women when due for next screening;

  • reminders to women when overdue for follow-up of abnormal results; and

  • send invitations for screening to women aged 30-69 who have not been screened for cervical cancer in the prior 3 years


Cervical screening guidelines

Click here to refer to the current screening guidelines.

For questions about cervical screening in Waterloo Wellington, contact:

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