Cervical cancer

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Dr. Kevin Pottie will describe the key points of the Cervical cancer review of the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health Evidence-based clinical guidelines

Key points

  • Vaccination against HPV is recommended for 9- to 26-year-old female patients to reduce invasive changes related to cervical cancer.
  • All sexually active women should be screened for cervical abnormalities (with Papanicolaou smear) to detect and treat invasive changes.
  • Providing clear information about cervical screening, building rapport and offering access to a female practitioner improves acceptance of Pap tests.
  • Immigrant girls might miss out on school vaccination programs depending on their age upon arrival in Canada.

CMAJ Evidence review

Evidence Based Migrant Health Network

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