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Preventing Cancer of the Cervix

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, October 3, 2016 2:21 PM

As Simple As A Pap Test

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in Ontario women under 50 years of age; however, cervical cancer is preventable.
Regular screening is needed to prevent cervical cancer. A Pap test is the best way to find changes in the cervix, because there may be no symptoms.
If cell changes are found, treatment can begin before they become cancerous. Even small changes can develop into cancer if left untreated.

Should I Have A Pap Test?

  • Testing should start at 21 years of age for women who are or have been sexually active.*
  • Women, who are not sexually active by 21, should wait until they are sexually active to have a Pap test.
  • Women should be screened every 3 years, unless the test was abnormal or your body cannot fight disease.
  • Screening can stop at 70 years of age in women who have been screened regularly with 3 or more normal tests in the past 10 years.

If you no longer have periods, a Pap test may still be needed. If you have a total hysterectomy - the uterus and cervix removed - talk with your health-care provider about Pap tests.
* Sexually active means sexual intercourse, fingering or oral sexual contact with the genital area by a partner.

Developing Cervical Cancer

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It can be spread during sexual activity. HPV infection can be prevented through vaccination and safe sexual practices.
Use My CancerIQ to learn your personal cervical cancer risk factors and how to decrease them.

Pap Test Results

An abnormal test result means cells taken from your cervix look different under the microscope than normal cells. Cell changes found through Pap tests are rarely cancerous but need more testing.
Abnormal cells often return to normal. In some women, the abnormal cells can become cancerous. Follow-up tests and treatment will help prevent cervical cancer.
Talk with your health-care provider about your results and follow-up testing. Depending on the type of cell changes, your follow-up plan may include:

  • Repeat Pap testing more often to see if abnormal cells return to normal
  • HPV testing
  • Special examination called a colposcopy

More information on cervical cancer screening:

Cancer Care Ontario - Cervical Cancer Screening
Canadian Cancer Society - Screening for Cervical Cancer