Cervical Cancer Screening

The Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) is an organized, population based cervical cancer screening program that recommends cytology testing starting at age 21 every three years for women who are or have ever been sexually active. Screening may be discontinued at the age of 70 if there is an adequate normal cytology screening history in the previous 10 years (i.e., three or more normal cytology tests).

Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal Pap test results and, recently, HPV immunization.