Cervical Screening Programme
Department of Health
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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  1. Myths about Cervical Cancer Screening
  2. Questions about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
  3. I have registered with the Cervical Screening Information System (CSIS). Does it mean that an appointment for cervical cancer screening will be made for me?
  4. I have received the "Approval of Registration with the Cervical Screening Information System" letter. How can I view my test result online?
  5. Does a virgin need cervical cancer screening?
  6. Does the use of oral contraceptives increase the risk of cervical cancer?
  7. Does cervical cancer run in family?
  8. Can cervical cancer occur during the interval between 2 screening tests?
  9. If I am pregnant, can I have cervical cancer screening?
  10. Do women with more risk factors need more frequent screening?
  11. If I have financial difficulties, will the fee for cervical cancer screening service be waived?
  12. I am a healthcare provider. If I encourage women to register with Cervical Screening Programme (CSP), will it divert my clients to other cervical cancer screening providers, for example Maternal & Child Health Centre of the Government?


1. For more information about "Myths about Cervical Cancer Screening", please click here.
2. For "Questions about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine", please click here.
3. I have registered with the Cervical Screening Information System (CSIS). Does it mean that an appointment for cervical cancer screening will be made for me?

Registration with the CSIS does not mean that the system will arrange cervical cancer screening for you. You have to make an appointment with your healthcare provider by yourself.

The 'List of Healthcare Providers' of this website provides a list of healthcare providers who have registered with the CSIS. Users can search for a healthcare provider by entering the selection criteria such as district, organisation, etc. Contact information of healthcare providers such as address, phone number and map location will be displayed for reference. You should then contact the chosen healthcare provider to make an appointment. Currently, there is no online appointment system available on this website.

4. I have received the "Approval of Registration with the Cervical Screening Information System" letter. How can I view my test result online?

If you want to view you smear records online, then you need to activate your account first.

The followings are the steps of account activation:

  1. Go to the CSIS website www.csis.gov.hk.
  2. Choose Account Activation from the menu on the left.
  3. Enter the required information including HKID/passport no., date of birth, activation code (can be found in your letter), user type (please choose "General Public"), your chosen login name and password. Please note that the activation code must be in block letters; your login name and password must be alphabets or alphanumeric combination of at least 6-character long. Meanwhile, the login name and password must not be the same. Your login name cannot be changed once chosen, but you may change your password later.
  4. After completing the form, press Submit.
  5. After successful submission, press Back to Home. Enter your login name and password to log in CSIS.
  6. Note that “Account Activation Code” is used for your first login only and you just need to enter your login name and password in your subsequent logins.
5. Does a virgin need cervical cancer screening?

The risk of developing cervical cancer in a woman who has never had sex is very low, therefore a virgin generally does not need cervical cancer screening. Women aged 25-64 years who ever had sex, irrespective of marital status, are recommended to receive regular cervical cancer screening.

6. Does the use of oral contraceptives increase the risk of cervical cancer?

Evidence suggests that taking oral contraceptives (OCs) for a long period of time over 5 years increases the risk of cervical cancer, but the risk returns to normal after 10 years of stopping use. A woman should discuss with her doctor the benefits (such as avoiding risk of unintended pregnancy) and potential risks of using OCs before starting.

More importantly, women with sexual experience should screen for cervical cancer regularly.

7. Does cervical cancer run in family?

There is no strong familial tendency for cervical cancer.

8. Can cervical cancer occur during the interval between 2 screening tests?

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection with one of the cancer-causing or high-risk HPV types. Some of the pre-cancerous cervical cell changes may progress to cancer over years.

Cervical cancer may occur between two screening tests, and this mainly happens on women who do not have regular cervical cancer screening. In addition, some cases are caused by missed abnormal cell changes in previous smear. It is therefore very important to attend for regular cervical cancer screening. Moreover, even if your last smear result was normal, please consult a doctor immediately if you develop any vaginal symptom.

9. If I am pregnant, can I have cervical cancer screening?

Vaginal bleeding may occur after having a cervical cancer screen, thus it may not be the best timing to take smear during pregnancy. Depending on your clinical condition and smear records, your doctor will advise you when you should go for cervical cancer screening.

10. Do women with more risk factors need more frequent screening?

Women with more risk factors have higher chance of having cervical cancer, but it does not necessarily mean the cancer is growing faster. Therefore,

  • Women aged 25-64 years who ever had sex should receive regular cervical cancer screening every three years after two annual consecutive normal screenings.
  • Women aged below 25 years who ever had sex and risk factors for cervical cancer (such as multiple sexual partners, smoking, weakened immunity), should seek advice from doctors concerning the need for cervical cancer screening.
11. If I have financial difficulties, will the fee for cervical cancer screening service be waived?

Recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) are waived from payment for their public health care (such as cervical cancer screening service provided by Maternal and Child Health Centres of the Department of Health) upon presenting the valid Certificate of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients (for Medical Waivers). Non-CSSA recipients who have financial difficulties in paying medical expenses may consider applying for medical fee waiving in public hospitals and clinics. For details, please contact Integrated Family Service Centres or Family and Child Protective Services Units of the Social Welfare Department or Medical Social Services Units of public hospitals and clinics.

12. I am a healthcare provider. If I encourage women to register with Cervical Screening Programme (CSP), will it divert my clients to other cervical cancer screening providers, for example Maternal & Child Health Centre of the Government?

No, encouraging women to register with the Cervical Screening Programme (CSP) will not divert your clients to other cervical cancer screening providers.

After a woman registers with the CSP, her data related to the CSP, including personal identification data, smear results and date of next smear recommended by healthcare providers, will be stored in the Cervical Screening Information System (CSIS). Appointment for cervical cancer screening will NOT be arranged automatically by the CSIS and she needs to arrange with her own healthcare provider. The CSIS will send a reminder when her next smear is due. If her original healthcare provider has provided the recommended date of the next smear to the CSP, the clinic name and phone number together with the recommended date of the next smear will be shown on the reminder to facilitate her booking appointment with the original healthcare provider.

Healthcare providers can provide the current test result and the recommended date of next smear through the CSIS (www.csis.gov.hk) or by post/fax/email. Healthcare providers who have registered with the CSIS will have their clinic information displayed in the 'List of Healthcare Providers' of this website for general information.

   
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