CancerCare Manitoba
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October 22, 2014

Good things come in 3s! A Pap test every three years could save your life or the life of someone you care about.

Each year approximately 50 Manitoba women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. CervixCheck recommends most women who have ever been sexually active have a Pap test every three years starting at age 21. According to CervixCheck, about 30% of Manitoba women get tested too frequently and over 30% don't get tested enough.

"Research shows the best frequency for Pap tests is once every three years. A Pap test every year offers very little added benefit,? said Kimberly Templeton, CervixCheck program manager. Frequent testing can expose women to unnecessary harms including over-diagnosis of abnormal cell changes that would go away on their own. ?Like any medical test, we weigh the benefits and harms, and in this case, the harms associated with annual Pap tests outweigh the benefits."

To highlight the every three years message, this October CervixCheck is again inviting the public to:

  • like "TellEveryWoman" on Facebook
  • post a photo of things that come in 3s (three things, three people, the number three) to the "TellEveryWoman" page

"People like taking pictures and sharing them via social media," said Lesley Baldry, Recruitment & Health Promotion Specialist at CervixCheck. "In the spirit of TellEveryWoman, the 'Good things come in 3s!' campaign is a fun way of increasing awareness about the importance of Pap tests."

If you are not sure when you had your last Pap test, call CervixCheck at 204-788-8626 or toll free at 1-855-95-CHECK. To make an appointment for a Pap test contact your doctor or nurse, or visit to find Pap test clinic.

Roberta Koscielny
Population Oncology Communications, CancerCare Manitoba or 204-330-6575

About CervixCheck
CervixCheck ensures that Manitoba women receive high quality cervical cancer screening services. The goal of the program is to decrease the incidence of and prevent deaths from invasive cervical cancer. CervixCheck operates a registry of all Pap tests, colposcopy and biopsy results for all Manitoba women, follows up on all abnormal test results, invites unscreened women to screening, works with health health care providers to increase access to service, and educates the public about the importance of Pap tests for the prevention of cervical cancer. For more information visit

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