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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PAP Test Clinic

Southampton | by Daryl Morris  

Nurse practitioner is hosting an open walk-in clinic this week for PAP testing.

A nurse practitioner in Southampton is hosting an open walk-in clinic this week for PAP testing.

Colleen Fowler works out of the Saugeen Shores Medical Building, and wanted to provide the clinic, as it is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.

Fowler says it's important that women start getting regular screening at age 21, because it's the easiest way to check for cervical cancer, and if caught early the chance of a cure is very high.

But Fowler says because the test is so accurate, it's not uncommon for results to come back abnormal.

She says you will need to do a follow up test about six months later, but otherwise you should follow up every year or two.

Fowler says you can also take steps to prevent cervical cancer, and one way of doing so is by getting the HPV vaccine.

The human papillomavirus is the cause of cervical cancer.

Schools are vaccinating girls in Grade 8 with parental consent, but Fowler says any woman can get the shot by talking to their doctor.

Fowler's walk-in clinic is from 9 AM to 4 PM, until Friday this week, and it's open to all women, even those with a family doctor.

No appointment is necessary.


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