Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program Encourages Regular Cervical Cancer Screening

cervical cancer imageCervical Cancer Awareness Week begins October 19, and the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program is calling on women to make sure they’re up to date with their Pap test.

In Ontario, cervical cancer screening (a Pap test) is recommended for women aged 21 to 69 every three years if they are or have ever been sexually active.  Screening can stop at 70 years of age in women who have been regularly screened and have had three or more normal tests in the previous 10 years.

Screen-eligible women still need to be screened for cervical cancer if they:

  • feel healthy and have no symptoms
  • are no longer sexually active
  • have only had one partner
  • are in a same-sex relationship
  • have been through menopause
  • have no family history of cervical cancer

Between 2011 and 2013, 63.4 percent of women in Waterloo-Wellington region aged 21 to 69 years received a Pap test in a three-year period. 

And yet, cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable due to regular screening.  Women should talk to their healthcare provider about screening for cervical cancer. 

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