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Cervical Cancer Control

Cervical Cancer Control

The Partnership’s second five-year mandate and the next phase of implementing Canada’s national cancer strategy began in April 2012. The priorities and initiatives for 2012-2017 are outlined in our strategic plan, Sustaining Action Toward a Shared Vision and in the Priorities section of our website. The information below reflects work to the end of March 2012.  

Fostering an integrated approach to screening 

Despite the success of cervical cancer screening programs and strategies, an estimated 1,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year and 370 will die from it.[1] 

The cervical cancer screening landscape is changing with the availability of a vaccination against human papillomavirus, the virus that can lead to cervical cancer. Vaccination will result in a growing number of young women with increased — though not complete — protection against cervical cancer. There are also new tests to detect early signs of the disease. With these important changes, new opportunities and methods for cervical cancer control are being addressed across the country.

The Pan-Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative (PCCSI) is a Partnership-supported national network working to maximize cervical cancer control. Assembled in June 2009 to optimize participation in, and the impact of, cervical screening programs, the PCCSI serves as a national forum for provinces and territories to share experiences and review new evidence and technologies. It also provides an opportunity to discuss and take collaborative action on matters relating to cervical cancer screening, prevention and treatment. Members include key stakeholders from provinces and territories and government agencies working in chronic and infectious disease prevention and control.

Results for 2011/12:

  • Reliable information is essential for improving the quality of screening. In December 2011, the PCCSI published its first national report, Cervical Cancer Screening in Canada: Monitoring Program Performance 2006–2008, on results of cervical screening performance indicators for women 20 to 69 years of age for this period. Plans are underway for a second national update to be published in 2013.
  • A website on cancerview.ca, Cervical Cancer Control in Canada, which provides stakeholders and the public with information on cervical cancer screening, underwent a redesign and substantial updating.
  • In April 2011 representatives from across Canada attended a meeting to develop, disseminate and encourage uptake of key cervical screening program elements.

For more information on this initiative’s results leading up to 2012 and how the work supports the overall cancer control strategy, please read Key Achievements 2007-2012 and see our annual reports and progress reports


[1] Canadian Cancer Society Steering Committee on Cancer Statistics. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2011. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2011.