CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING GUIDELINES ACROSS PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES IN CANADA

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Alberta

When to start: Age 25 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Every 3 years.

When to stop: Age 70, if 3 tests were done within the last 10 years and were negative.

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British Columbia

When to start: Age 25 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Every 3 years.

When to stop: Age 69 if your results have always been negative.

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Manitoba

When to start: Age 21 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Every 3 years.

When to stop: Age 69 if your results have always been negative.

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New Brunswick

When to start: Age 21 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Every 3 years.

When to stop: Age 69 if your results have always been negative.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

When to start: Age 21 if you are or have been sexually active.

How often: Every 3 years.

When to stop: Age 70 if your results have always been negative.

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Northwest Territories

When to start: Age 21 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Yearly until you have had three normal Pap tests in a row. Then, the frequency can be changed to once every 2 years.

When to stop: Age 69, if 3 tests were done within the last 10 years and were negative or 3 annual negative test results.

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Nova Scotia

When to start: Age 25 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Every 3 years

When to stop: Age 70 ONLY if you have had an adequate negative screening history in the previous ten years (i.e. three or more negative tests).

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Nunavut

When to start: Age 21 if you are or have been sexually active.

How often: Every 2 years after 3 consecutive annual negative results tests.

When to stop: Age 70 if you have had 3 or more negative tests in previous 10 year

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Ontario

When to start: Age 21 if you are or have been sexually active.

How often: Every 3 years

When to stop: Age 70 if you have had adequate negative screening in previous 10 years or 3 annual negative test results (i.e. 3 or more negative tests)

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Prince Edward Island

When to start: Age 21 if you are or have been sexually active.

How often: Every 2 years.

When to stop: Age 70 if you have had negative screening history in the previous 10 years.

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Quebec

When to start: Age 21 if you are or have been sexually active.

How often: Every 2-3 years

When to stop: Age 65 if you have had 2 negative tests in the previous 10 years.

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Saskatchewan

When to start: Age 21 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Every 2 years if you have had 3 consecutive negative yearly test results. Then, every 3 years.

When to stop: Age 69 if you have had 3 negative tests in last 10 years or 3 annual negative test results.

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Yukon

When to start: Age 25 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.

How often: Every 2 years if you have had 3 consecutive negative yearly test results.

When to stop: Age 69 if you have had 3 negative tests in last 10 years or 3 annual negative test results.