Even busy students need to think about getting regular Pap tests. The BC Cancer Agency has outlined a few quick tips on who should get a Pap test, and why Paps are important:
Who should get Paps
- Anyone with a cervix, aged 21 – 69, who has ever had any kind of sexual contact, including intimate touching, oral, vaginal and anal sex, should be getting regular Pap tests.
- You should start with one Pap a year for three years, then every two years until age 69.
You should still be getting regular Paps even if…
- You’ve had the HPV vaccine
- You’ve been with your partner for a while
- You’ve been through menopause
- You’re no longer having sex
- You’re in a same-sex relationship.
Why Paps are important
- Pap tests can find abnormal cells on the cervix that you can’t see or feel.
- Treating these cells early can stop cervical cancer from developing.
- Those who get regular Paps are at very low risk for cervical cancer.
Get your Pap
Set a reminder for your next Pap
Once you’ve had your Pap, set up an email reminder for your next one at www.LACEcampaign.com.