Cervical Cancer Screening Updates

Cervical cancer screening in Saskatchewan recently changed when the revised cervical cancer screening clinical practice guidelines were updated in November 2023. Key changes to the new guidelines include:

  • Screening will start at age 25 or three years after becoming sexually active, whichever is later;
  • Routine screening will now be every three years until the age of 69; and,
  • The addition of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) reflex testing. 

These new evidence-based changes ensure people continue to benefit from screening while avoiding unnecessary tests and follow-up treatment. 

Click here to find information about the guidelines, including the new guidelines document. (link to: http://saskcancer.ca/health-professionals-article/cancer-screening-guidelines-and-resources/cervical-cancer-screening)

The SCA has collaborated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Division of Continuing Medical Education to create a free accredited course on the guidelines. The course will be available until July 2024. It can be found here. (link to: https://cmelearning.usask.ca/learn-here/cme-online-courses/cervical_cancer_guidelines_online-course.php)

If any questions arise about the guidelines, please feel free to reach out to the Screening Program for Cervical Cancer at ED.Coordinator@saskcancer.ca.

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