Pap tests save lives, get one this monthThursday, October 10, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
ALGOMA NURSE PRACTITIONER-LED CLINIC
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular Pap tests!
That’s the message of the North East Pap Test Campaign, October 20 to 26 in recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.
The Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, in partnership with Health Sciences North, Algoma Public Health and the North East Cancer Prevention and Screening Network, has joined the campaign to provide open and easy access to women who will benefit from this safe and simple screening test.
All women over the age of 21, who are or have ever been sexually active and who haven’t had a Pap test in the last three years are encouraged to be screened.
Screening is the only way to detect changes in the cervix that might lead to cancer. It’s one of the best ways to save lives.
The goal of the campaign is twofold; to raise awareness about cervical cancer and the importance of the Pap test; and to improve accessibility to a vital test for women who may not have a health care provider or who face other barriers to cervical cancer screening.
Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
443 Northern Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Monday, October 21
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 24
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
All women are welcome By appointment or drop-in.
For a complete listing of participating Pap Test Campaign clinics in the North East visit hsnsudbury.ca/events or call 1.866.469.0822.
WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED?
• Cervical screening is recommended for women age 21 to 69 every three years if they are or have ever been sexually active
• Screening can stop at 70 years of age in women who have been regularly screened and have had three or more normal tests in the prior 10 years
• Screening women before the age of 21 is more likely to identify transient changes of no clinical significance, which may lead to unnecessary
• Based on the latest clinical evidence, cervical cancer screening every three years is effective and minimizes the likelihood of harm
To find out when you should start screening for cancer, or encourage friends and family to get themselves checked, visit the Time to Screen Tool at: http://www.ontario.ca/screenforlife
WHY GET A PAP TEST?
The Pap test detects cervical cell changes. Those that are caused by persistent HPV infections can slowly (over 10 years or more) lead to cervical cancer if not detected. In Ontario, approximately 610 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013. Sadly, about 150 will die from the disease. The good news is that cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, timely follow-up of abnormal results and human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization.
“This is the second year that we are holding a pap test clinic in conjunction with Algoma Public Health. This is one of the ways that our health care providers continue to demonstrate commitment to improving the health of Algoma residents,” says Ali Pettenuzzo, NP Lead.
There is no reason for women to suffer needlessly from this largely preventable cancer.
Women in North East Ontario are encouraged to contact a registered clinic in their community and Get a Pap test! - a quick and reliable way to help women prevent cervical cancer.
To learn more about cervical cancer screening in Ontario visit, www.cancercare.on.ca/cervscreening/