Pap Tests & Cervical Cancer Screening in Victoria
UPDATE: Cervix self-screening, another way to screen for cervical cancer, will be available through the BC Cancer Cervix Screening Program as of January 29, 2024.
Therefore, as of January 29, 2024, there will be 2 options for cervical cancer screening:
- Self-screening – with this option, you collect your own sample in the comfort of your home via a vaginal swab
- Provider-collected sample – this is the screening method that has been in place for many years, which involves an in-office speculum exam
Cervix self-screening will not entirely replace the need for provider-collected samples (pap tests). A pap test will be needed for those who prefer to screen in person, for those who may be ineligible for self-screening, and in some cases, where a follow-up test is required (if HPV is found through the self-screening test).
Please visit this excellent resource on the BC Cancer website with answers to frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming changes.
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