Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer can be detected by a Papanicolaou test, also called a Pap test or Pap smear. This test can be completed at any health centre or medical clinic. A Pap test involves inserting a swab into an individual’s internal genitalia to gently remove cells from their cervix. The cells are then analyzed to identify any changes or abnormalities. Screening should begin at age 21, or three (3) years after becoming sexually active; whichever comes first. After three (3) consecutive normal Pap tests, the frequency can be reduced to every two years. Discuss with your primary healthcare provider whether you are eligible for cervical cancer screening.
If you or a family member has already had cancer, or you are experiencing any unusual signs or symptoms, discuss your options for cancer screening with your primary healthcare provider, as you may be eligible for different tests.