Women’s Wellness Centre raises awareness of cervical cancer
(Saint John) October 20, 2014 - The Women's Wellness Centre at St. Joseph's Hospital will be hosting a free public pap-testing clinic on Thursday, October 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The goal of Cervical Cancer Awareness week, October 20-24, is to help educate women on the prevention and detection of cervical cancer. This includes having regular pap smear testing. Each year 400,000 women in Canada will receive an abnormal pap test result. If left untreated, the abnormal cells of the cervix could develop into cancer.
The clinic is part of a larger pap-testing campaign by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. Besides raising awareness of cervical cancer, the campaign also focuses on the importance of prevention. Regular pap tests are one of the best ways to help reduce the risks of developing cervical cancer.
The clinic will also provide an opportunity for women to learn more about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination. HPV is the most common reason for abnormal pap results. The sexually transmitted infection affects almost eight out of 10 Canadians at some point in their lives. Canada has approved HPV vaccination for girls and young women ages nine to 26. More information on HPV can be found at www.hpvinfo.ca.
The clinic is free and no appointment is necessary. Simply drop-in and register at the main lobby. For more information you can contact the Women's Wellness Centre at 506-632-5454. Get your pap test today; it could save your life.
Women's Wellness Centre
St. Joseph's Hospital 9th floor
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Prenatal Clinic
- Pap/ STI testing
- Menopause education
- Breast health
For more information contact:
Carolyn McCormack, APR