CancerCare Manitoba
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October 19, 2015
A Pap test every three years could save your life or the life of someone you care about.

CervixCheck recommends most women who have ever been sexually active have a Pap test every three years starting at age 21. According to CervixCheck's data, about 30% of Manitoba women don't get tested enough. Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had a Pap test in the previous three years. Each year approximately 50 Manitoba women are diagnosed with cervical cancer.

"Just a few minutes every three years can save a woman's life," said Kimberly Templeton, CervixCheck program manager. The Pap test can help find cervical cancer even before it starts. The goal of CervixCheck is to reduce the number of Manitoba women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer.

This October, to raise awareness about the importance of Pap tests for the prevention of cervical cancer, CervixCheck is presenting
  • 'Like it to Win it!' contest on the TellEveryWoman Facebook page.
  • 'Someone You Love - The HPV Epidemic': The public is invited to join CervixCheck on October 22 at 6:30pm for a free documentary viewing. 'Someone you Love' tells the story of five women's experiences with HPV and cervical cancer, and interviews some of the world?s top experts on HPV. A brief Q&A will follow the documentary. To view the trailer and register visit

Women who are not sure when they had their last Pap test, can call CervixCheck at 204-788-8626 or toll free at 1-855-95-CHECK. Book an appointment for a Pap test with your doctor or nurse, or visit to find Pap test clinic.

October 19-23 is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week known as "TellEveryWoman" in Manitoba.

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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