Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women aged 20-49. Canadian women have a 1 in 138 chance of developing cervical cancer, and a 1 in 385 chance of dying from the malignancy. Women who have never been screened, or who are screened irregularly are most likely to have abnormal Pap tests. A Pap test is the most important step that a woman can take to prevent cervical cancer.
How do I book my Pap with the RN?
Simply call the office, tell the staff member that you would like to schedule a Pap visit with the RN, and tell her what day of the week is convenient for you. A different RN is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at specified times. You do not necessarily have to attend the same office site as your usual doctor. For example, if you usually see your physician at the Church Street site, you may see the RN at the Cornell or Main Street sites if those days are more suited to you. Please note: the RN will only perform Pap testing for you; no other testing can be performed at that visit i.e. STD screening. If you think you may have symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, please book an appointment with your physician or nurse practitioner.
You will get a call from the nurse to inform you of your results once your physician has reviewed them. Results are returned approximately 4 weeks from the date the test was done.
Please call the office to book your Pap test with the nurse. A 15 minute appointment is all it takes to be proactive in your health screening!
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