Ontario cervical screening program
The goal of the Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) is to help prevent and reduce the number of deaths from cervical cancer. OCSP is a program administered by Cancer Care Ontario.
The Canadian Cancer Society raises awareness about the value of preventing cervical cancer through regular Pap tests. The Canadian Cancer Society is also an active member of provincial, regional and local cancer prevention committees.
Ontario Cervical Screening Program guidelines
In Ontario, all women who are or have ever had sexual skin-to-skin contact need to have regular Pap tests every three years to screen for cervical cancer starting at age 21.
- Sexual activity includes intercourse, as well as digital or oral sexual activity involving the genital area with a partner of either gender.
- Women who are not sexually active by 21 years of age should delay cervical cancer screening until sexually active.
- Pap tests can stop at age 70 in women who have been regularly screened and have had three or more normal tests in the prior 10 years.
- If you have had a hysterectomy, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner to see if you still need a Pap test.
Facing the financial burden of cancer
The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.