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Cervical Screening Initiatives Program

April is Cancer Awareness Month: Regular Pap testing saves lives!

Weekly Pap Test Clinic at the Labrador Health Centre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay (click to view poster)

Make your appointment today. It could save your life. 

 

Cervical Screening Initiatives Program

Labrador-Grenfell Health supports an organized provincial approach to cervical screening, in partnership with the other regional health authorities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Routine Screening

Why have a Pap test?  A routine Pap test can find cell changes at an early stage, when women have no signs or symptoms of being ill.  A routine Pap test can find most cell changes but no screening test is perfect. Repeat tests ensure accuracy.

To improve screening services for women and health care providers in our province, new screening and clinical management guidelines/protocols were introduced to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011. 

These recommendations include: 

  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise start Pap testing at age 21
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise have a Pap test once a year for three years in a row.  If all results are normal, have a Pap test every three years.

For more information on the new cervical screening recommendations please contact:

Tracey Winters
Regional Coordinator
Cervical Screening Initiatives Program
Labrador-Grenfell Health
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
709-897-3109

tracey.winters@lghealth.ca

 

 

 

c. 2007 Labrador-Grenfell Health