Free pap clinic on tap
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 25, 2018 - Get Involved

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Dr. Glenn Benoit wants to make sure women who don’t have a care card or a medical services coverage plan can still get a pap smear.

Dr. Benoit, who works out of Kelowna Regional Fertility Centre, will be conducting a free walk-in pap clinic at his office next Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Pap smears save lives,” Dr. Benoit said in a press release. “This is a simple test that can help prevent cervical cancer. The pap test detects cell changes on your cervix that, if left untreated for several years, could eventually turn into cervical cancer.

“When changes in cervical cells are found early, they can often be treated effectively before they become dangerous. Regular pap testing can reduce cervical cancer deaths by 70 per cent.”

All women between the ages of 25 to 69 are welcome, and those interested in attending can book an appointment by calling 250-861-6818 or by simply walking into the office, which is located at 1630 Pandosy St.

“We would like to do our first pap clinic in the late afternoon and into the evening to assist those women that can not leave work, school or other commitments during the day for a doctor’s appointment,” KRFC office manager and nurse co-ordinator Angie Mace said in a press release. “Pap tests are so very important to stay on top of and can truly save lives if caught early.”

More information can be found on the KRFC website.

“It is an honour to support our community with this health care initiative that Dr. Benoit is providing,” Dr. Benoit’s colleague, Dr. Kathy Wise, said in the release. “Please take advantage of this opportunity to do a simple test that has a great impact on your health. Did you know that you may only need to do your pap smear every three years if you have a normal result? You are the best advocate for your own body and for cancer prevention, so please come and see us if you need a pap smear.”

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