2015 Cervical Cancer Screening Health Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

The purpose of this Health Indicator Report is to provide information about the percentage of screen-eligible females in Halton Region who followed cervical cancer screening guidelines.

Background

Regular cervical screening can detect changes in the cells of the cervix before they become cancerous. Detecting these changes early and treating them when necessary can prevent the development of cervical cancer.

Cancer Care Ontario's guidelines recommend that all females aged 21-69 who are or ever have been sexually active be screened using a Pap test every three years.

This Health Indicator Report uses administrative data from Cancer Care Ontario. For more information on cancer in Halton Region, please see the 2008-2012 Halton Region Cancer Incidence and Mortality Report.

Key Findings

Trends Over Time

  • 68% of Halton screen-eligible females and 62% of Ontario screen-eligible females participated in cervical screening in 2011-13. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In both Halton and Ontario, screening participation was fairly stable until 2011-13, when it declined. This decrease may reflect the change in screening guidelines in 2013, which increased the recommended interval between Pap tests to three years.

Age

  • In 2011-13, Halton screen-eligible females aged 30-39 were more likely than all other age groups to participate in cervical screening, and females aged 60-69 were less likely than all other age groups to participate in cervical screening. These differences were statistically significant.

Municipality

  • In 2011-13, the percentage of screen-eligible females who participated in cervical screening was higher in Milton compared to Oakville and Halton Hills, and higher in Burlington compared to Oakville. These differences were statistically significant.

Income

  • In 2011-13, the percentage of screen-eligible females who participated in cervical screening increased as neighbourhood income increased. These differences were statistically significant when comparing residents of the lowest-income neighbourhoods to residents of the highest-income neighbourhoods.