If you have a question about cervical cancer screening, talk to your health care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant etc.).If you have a cervix, and are between the ages of 25 to 70 years, who has ever been sexually active, you can book a cervical cancer screening appointment on the Screen for Life Coach by calling us at (807) 684-7777.
The goal of cervical screening is to find cell changes in the cervix before they become cancer.
The Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) is a province-wide screening program that provides people with a cervix with access to comprehensive, coordinated, high-quality cervical screening.
Currently, the Ontario Cervical Screening Program recommends that anyone with a cervix (women, transmasculine and nonbinary people) who is or ever has been sexually active have a Pap test every three years starting at age 25. If you are under 25, talk to your primary care provider about whether you should wait until age 25 before starting cervical screening with the Pap test.
Eligible people need to get cervical screening even if they:
You can stop regular screening with Pap tests at the age of 70 if you have had three or more normal tests in the previous 10 years.
Visit your health care provider or one of the locations listed below. Individuals living in First Nations communities can contact their nursing station or health centre.
Screen for Life CoachLocations throughout Thunder Bay and the region980 Oliver RoadThunder Bay, ONP7B 6V4(807) 684-7777 or 1-800-461-7031www.tbrhsc.net/screenforlife
Thunder Bay District Health UnitSexual Health Clinic999 Balmoral St.Thunder Bay, ONP7B 6E7(807) 625-5976
Northwestern Health UnitFind a location near you: https://www.nwhu.on.ca/our-services/sexual-health/sexual-health-clinics/
Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the cervix. The cervix is a body part that connects the uterus (womb) to the vagina (genital opening).
A Pap test is a cervical screening test that can detect cell changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer before people feel any symptoms.
The Ontario Cervical Screening Program recommends that anyone with a cervix between ages 25 to 69, who is or ever has been sexually active, have a Pap test every three years.
The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is passed between people through sexual contact with another person. HPV infections can sometimes cause changes in the cells of the cervix. Over many years, these cell changes can sometimes lead to cervical cancer. However, these cell changes can be treated before they can cause cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal Pap test results, and getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization. Visit MyCancerIQ.ca. This free online tool can help you assess your cancer risk and help reduce it.