Alberta Health Services issued an announcement emphasizing the importance of regular cervical cancer screening for individuals aged 25 to 60 who are sexually active or have been in the past.
The recommended screening method, known as a Pap test or Pap smear, examines the cervix for any abnormal cells that would indicate the presence of cervical cancer. AHS stresses the significance of undergoing this screening regularly, ideally once every three years unless otherwise advised by a healthcare provider.
According to AHS, consistent Pap tests and subsequent care can effectively prevent approximately 90% of cervical cancer cases. Early detection through Pap tests significantly enhances treatment outcomes, potentially saving lives.
AHS underscores the importance of undergoing Pap tests regardless of one’s health status or sexual history. Even individuals feeling healthy, with only one sexual partner, are vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, or post-menopausal are urged to prioritize regular screening.
Notably, AHS highlighted that nearly all cases of cervical cancer stem from HPV infections, often asymptomatic, making regular screening imperative for early detection and intervention.
It is essential to note that while Pap tests are effective in detecting cervical abnormalities, they do not screen for other cancers or sexually transmitted infections.
For additional information on cervical cancer screening and resources, individuals are encouraged to visit screeningforlife.ca