The Pap (Papanicolaou) test is a screening test of the cells of the cervix (opening of the uterus). The results can detect changes in the cells ranging from infection and inflammation to precancerous changes. Most of these changes are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
An initial Pap test is indicated for all individuals with a cervix, from 25 years of age. Some higher risk individuals may qualify for a test at a younger age. Please speak with your doctor if you have any concerns.
Vaccination against HPV may decrease the risk of cervical cancer by up to 90%. The Health & Wellness Centre offers HPV vaccinations. Please call to book an appointment.
For more information about Pap tests, visit the Cancer Care Ontario Cervical Screening FAQ.