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October 15, 2009

Cervical Cancer Screening Program's TellEveryWoman campaign takes it to the streets

To increase the number of women having Pap tests, Manitoba Cervical Cancer Screening Program (MCCSP) staff will be offering flowers to women in downtown Winnipeg on Friday, October 16 as a way of starting a conversation about why Pap tests are so important.

"Cervical cancer is one of the most easily prevented cancers, if detected early. Going for regular Pap testing is the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of cervical cancer," said Kimberly Templeton, MCCSP program manager.

Program staff and volunteers will be in these areas on Friday, October 16:
  • Portage Place from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Red River College (Princess Campus) 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Winnipeg Square noon - 1 p.m.

Working to partner with health centres around the province to offer walk-in, appointment-free Pap tests, 100 clinics will be offering the service during the week of October 19 - 23. Last year almost 1,700 women attended a participating clinic and had a Pap test done. Thirty percent of women who participated had not had a Pap test in at least five years. Twenty-four percent had not had the test done in the previous two to five years.

The goal of this year's TellEveryWoman campaign is to reach 1,000 unscreened and underscreened women.

For more information about reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer or locating a Manitoba Pap Test Week clinic location, dates and times, visit or call the Manitoba Cervical Cancer Screening Program at 788-8626, toll free at 1-866-616-8805.

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