Podcast: Cervical cancer

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