New Ontario Pap test guidelines: Start at age 21

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This week Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) announced updated cervical cancer screening (Pap test) guidelines that outline the right age for women to begin screening and the appropriate time interval between tests.

CCO now recommends that cervical cancer screening start at age 21 and continue every three years until age 70 for all women who are or ever have been sexually active; cervix screening is not recommended for women under the age of 21. The change to the guidelines is part of the Ontario Cervical Screening Program.

CCO has posted a video on their website and other information explaining the new guidelines.

Read the CBC story: New Pap test guidelines in Ontario peg starting age at 21.