do not need a referral from a physician to access this program. If you
are interested in participating, you are welcome to self-refer by
calling us at
780-714-2193 to book an appointment.
Do I need a referral?
A referral to the Women's Health program is not needed. Patients may
self-refer. However, if you do not have a regular family physician here
in Fort McMurray, you cannot book an appointment. You must have
previously connected with a local family physician, as we need to
specify the physician to whom the results are to be forwarded for
review. We cannot review test results with patients, either in person or
over the phone. You will need to book an appointment with your family
doctor at a later date to discuss your results.
When should you have a Pap test?
If you've ever been sexually active, you should begin having regular
pap tests by the age of 25. Unless your family physician has reason to
place you on a more frequent screening schedule (past abnormalities,
family history, etc), pap tests should be completed once every three
How effective is Pap Testing?
Pap tests are extremely effective; regular testing prevents 9 in 10 cases of cervical cancer. Screening can save your life.
Who will conduct my pap test?
All pap tests at the Wood Buffalo PCN are performed by female nurses.
How long does the test take?
The test itself takes less than 5 minutes.
However, we make up to 30 minutes available for every patient. After the
test, you are free to discuss any sexual health concerns you may have
with your nurse. STI screening can be incorporated into your visit.
Do your nurses conduct breast exams during the test?
Research has shown that the clinical breast exam (manual examination)
is not an effective screening method. If you are concerned about
abnormalities or changes in your breasts, this needs to be addressed in a
visit with your family physician. Otherwise, asymptomatic women are
recommended to begin mammography at the age of 50.
Taking charge of your health couldn't
be easier. One call. One Test. Once every three years. For more
information about cervical cancer and pap testing, click HERE.Call 780-714-2193
to book your appointment today.