Your Next Pap Test
You should have a Pap test every two years. Once you have had three consecutive normal results, you can have the test every three years. Women should continue having a Pap test until they turn 69. Some women may need a Pap test every year due to certain risk factors. Speak with your healthcare provider about what is right for you.
The Screening Program for Cervical Cancer will send you a letter you are scheduled for your next Pap test.
Are there symptoms to watch for between Pap tests?
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start bleeding between periods, after sexual intercourse or after menopause.
How can I reduce my risk of cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular Pap tests. You can also:
- Get vaccinated against HPV. You will still need to have regular Pap tests, as the vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV. Speak to your healthcare provider to see if the vaccine is right for you.
- Understand that sexual activity at a young age may increase your risk of being infected with HPV. Each new sexual partner also increases your risk.
- Use condoms, which may decrease your risk of HPV
- Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.
I have moved/I am planning to move. How do I make sure my letters come to my new address?
Can I choose not to participate in the screening program?
Yes, you can choose not to participate in the program. There are two options for opting out:
Level one: Women no longer receive reminder or result letters from the screening program. The screening program will continue to follow up abnormal and unsatisfactory results with healthcare providers.
Level two: Women no longer receive reminder or result letters, and follow up of abnormal and unsatisfactory results by the screening program will not occur. Follow up will be the sole responsibility of the woman and her healthcare provider.
Please discuss your options with your healthcare provider before making a final decision. You can also contact us if you have questions.
If you do not want to participate in the program, please contact the screening program for an opt-out form.
Phone: 1-800-667-0017 or 1-639-625-2132
Mail: 101-4545 Parliament Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan S4W 0G3