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Enhanced understanding of cervical cancer prompts changes to screening guidelines

“Regular Pap tests can prevent 90 per cent of deaths from cervical cancer,” said Dr. Robert Grimshaw, Medical Director, CCNS’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Program. “It’s a strong selling point for the benefit of regular screening for cervical cancer. The revised guidelines underscore the value of regular screening while reflecting increased knowledge of how cervical cancer develops and a better understanding of the benefits and harms of screening.”

The three changes to the guidelines include: the age that women should start having Pap tests, the age they should stop having Pap tests and how often they should have them. 

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