Cervical Screening

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The Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) is a province-wide screening program that provides women ages 21 to 69 with access to comprehensive, coordinated, high-quality cervical cancer screening every three years by providing them with a free Pap test.

A Pap test is the only way to detect early changes that might lead to cervical cancer. Regular Pap tests can detect changes in the cells of the cervix before they become cancerous. Catching these changes early (and treating them, if necessary) can prevent cervical cancer.

The program’s goal is to reduce cervical cancer incidence and mortality by increasing the number of women who have regular screening through a Pap test. Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal results and human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization.

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) sends personalized letters inviting eligible Ontarians to get screened for cervical cancer. CCO also sends letters reminding Ontarians when it’s time to get screened again.

For more information about the OCSP, please click here.