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Video Transcript: Hosne Ara’s Cervical Screening Story (Bengali)

My name is Hosne Ara Begum. At an appointment, my doctor suggested I have a Pap test. I did not know what a Pap test was.

My mother, aunt and another family member died of cancer. That is how I knew about cancer. So I decided to have a Pap test.

The Pap test went well. I didn’t hesitate or feel shy. The test was conducted by a woman. And I didn’t feel any pain because modern instruments were used. Now, I know I have nothing to worry about.

I always encourage my neighbours and friends to learn about Pap tests. There is nothing to be afraid of. I especially encourage married women to go for screening. This will help them to live a worry-free, happy life.

Closing Screens

Should I get screened for cervical cancer?

  • Almost all cervical cancer is caused by a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
  • Most HPV infections go away on their own, but this does not happen in some women. If certain types of HPV stay in the body, they can cause changes in the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer.
  • Screening with a Pap test only takes a few minutes and checks for abnormal changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer
  • Most women should have a Pap test every three years if they are age 21 or older and have ever been sexually active.
  • Speak to your family doctor or nurse practitioner about having a Pap test.

For more information about cervical screening:

This Cancer Screening Video Story (“Resource”) was created in partnership by Cancer Care Ontario and Cancer Awareness: Ready for Education and Screening (“CARES”) with support from Women’s College Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital as a storytelling resource to address fears and beliefs about cancer screening. This Resource is to be used for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns.

Cancer Care Ontario is an organization committed to ensuring accessible services and communications to individuals with disabilities. To receive any part of this Resource in an alternate format, please contact our communications department at 1-855-460-2647, TTY (416) 217-1815, or at [email protected].

We encourage the use of this Resource in its existing format along with information about cancer screening.

With support from St. Michael’s Hospital and Women’s College Hospital.