The Omineca Medical Clinic will be holding a one-day pap clinic at the end of the month to increase awareness of cervical cancer.
The PAP Clinic is being held on September 28, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Omineca Medical Clinic in Vanderhoof.
The clinic falls a month before national pap awareness week which runs from October 22 – 28.
It’s not necessary for a woman to have a family doctor to attend this clinic, and a female doctor will be performing the tests.
If it’s time for your Pap or you’re overdue, please don’t leave it any longer; Cruise over to the Omineca Medical Clinic to achieve cervical health.
This mini-LACE campaign is being held in an effort to reduce cervical cancer rates in BC women. LACE stands for “Live Aware; Create Empowerment.”
It aims to empower women by promoting regular Pap tests as part of a self-care routine. The recommended schedule for Pap testing is once every two years; more often if directed by your doctor.
A pap should not be painful. You should feel pressure but no pain. If you do feel pain during your pap you should tell your doctor during your exam. It’s best to come for a pap, two weeks after your last period.
British Columbia was the first place in the world to establish an organized population-based program to screen for cervical cancer all the way back in 1955 and since then rates of cervical cancer in BC have dropped by 70 per cent.
The BC Cancer Agency has recommended the age that women start having pap tests at 21 or approximately three years after they become sexually active.
About six women in 100,000 are diagnosed with cervical cancer in BC each year, the majority of which have not been having regular pap tests.
To book an appointment at the clinic please call 250-567-2201.