Cervical Cancer Screening

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Launched in 2000, the Ontario Cervical Program (OCSP) is a province-wide screening program with the goal of reducing cervical cancer incidence and mortality.  In 2012 the OCSP released updated guidelines recommending cytology testing for women who are or have ever been sexually active starting at age 21 and repeated every three years1.  Screening may be discontinued at the age of 70 if there is an adequate negative cytology screening history in the previous 10 years (i.e. three or more negative cytology tests)1.


Ontario Cervical Screening Cytology (Pap Test) Guidelines

Regional Performance


Dr. Avnish Mehta, Regional Primary Care and Cancer Screening Lead

Dr. Avnish MehtaDr. Avnish Mehta completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a Family Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto (UofT). He is the Medical Lead for the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and Primary Care Sub-region Lead for Scarborough South within the CE LHIN.

Dr. Mehta has a wealth of experience at the local and regional level and across various health sectors in both the community and hospital setting.



Dr. Nathan Roth, Regional Cervical Screening/Colposcopy Lead 

Dr. Roth Dr. Roth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Scarborough Hospital Birchmount.

He is the Regional Colposcopy and Cervical Screening Lead for Cancer Care Ontario. He is a past Chair for the Section for Obstetrics and Gynecology of Ontario and Chair of Section of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is an Advisor for the College and has been asked to review and assess healthcare programs throughout the country.



Fact sheets, brochures and videos are available to download and print.


Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (October 18-24, 2020), please help us spread the word about the importance of cancer screening! Use the toolkit below to support your campaign.

You can use these tools to:

  • Promote the campaign to the public
  • Increase the visibility and awareness of the Ontario Cervical Screening Program

If you have any questions regarding the regional toolkits or require more information please contact centraleast.csp@lh.ca.

CCAW 2020 Toolkit:


In order to enhance access to Pap test services for Ontario women, the Central East Regional Cancer Program has developed this learning module as a resource for all health care providers seeking to gain the competency to perform Pap tests.

A one-day workshop focussing on the Ontario Cervical Screening Guidelines, Pap Test Technique and Simulation Training is offered on a series of dates and locations across the region.

Get the Skills: Pap Test Competency Workshop

Due to COVID-19 these workshops are on hold, the next workshop date is TBD

For more information, contact us at centraleast.csp@lh.ca or by phoning 1-855-721-4812.

Pap Test Learning Module for Health Care Providers

Special Considerations


  1. Cancer Care Ontario. Information for Healthcare Providers on the Ontario Cervical Screening Program. Toronto, Canada, 2012.