How does it work?
CervixCheck involves testing for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the known cause of cervical cancer. HPV testing is a way to screen for cervical cancer that has been proven to be safe and accurate. You are only eligible for CervixCheck if you are between 25-65 years of age, and if you have not been screened in 3 or more years. If you are not eligible to participate you will be informed by email after you’ve registered for CervixCheck. Your CervixCheck screening test results will become part of your medical record through the physician or clinic you named when you registered for CervixCheck.
What happens to my CervixCheck results?
Testing of the sample you collect yourself will be performed by the BC Public Health Laboratory located at the BC Centre for Disease Control, where all cervical cancer screening samples (Pap smears) in the province are received.
The physician or clinic included on your account will also receive your CervixCheck results and follow-up of your cervical cancer screening results will be monitored by this physician in collaboration with the CervixCheck study team. This is to ensure you have all the information you need to attend any follow-up appointments if needed.
Depending on the results of the HPV testing, a follow-up appointment may include a Pap smear taken by your family doctor, or a colposcopy appointment. A colposcopy is a procedure performed by a specialist who uses a special microscope (called a “Colposcope”) to examine your cervix and vagina more closely. You can find more information about colposcopy here.