CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS WEEK
October 16 to 20 is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.
Cancer Care Ontario is encouraging all women aged 21 to 69 to stay up-to-date with regular Pap tests.
A Pap test is a screening test that can help prevent cervical cancer.
Most cervical cancers are found in women who have never been screened, or have been screened less often than recommended by Ontario’s cervical screening guidelines. Regular cancer screening is important because it can find cancer early when it may be smaller and easier to treat. Screening for cervical cancer with a Pap test can also help prevent this disease by finding abnormal cells that could turn into cancer. That’s why regular screening is so important.
Pap test should be done by women who:
• 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;
• Have received the HPV vaccine.
You can talk to your local doctor or healthcare provider about getting screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test.