What happens at a Cervical Screening Clinic?
Cervical Screening Clinics in Prairie Mountain Health are regularly scheduled in a variety of locations throughout the region. Clinics are staffed by registered nurses (RNs) who have completed specialized training in cervical screening from CancerCare Manitoba. If requested by the client a manual clinical breast examination will be done.
Note: It is recommended to have yourself assigned with a regular health care provider (physician, nurse practitioner, clinical assistant or physician assistant) prior to attending a Cervical Screening Clinic. However, this is not a requirement to attend the Cervical Screening Clinic.
As per CervixCheck CancerCare Manitoba: “CervixCheck is Manitoba's organized cervical cancer screening program. The goal of CervixCheck is to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in the province. We operate a registry of all cervical cancer screening tests, create awareness about the importance of Pap tests, and work with health care professionals to improve access to cervical cancer screening services.”
Who should get checked for cervical cancer? Click here for a detailed list.
Is there a cost?
The program is available at no cost.
Can I bring a support person?
You are welcome to bring a friend, family member or other support person to your appointment.
Things to avoid before your Pap test:
- Sexual intercourse within 24 hours of scheduled Pap test
- Douching within 24 hours of scheduled Pap test
- Tampon use within 24 hours of Pap test
- If heavy to moderate menstrual bleeding, schedule your Pap test for a later date.
What happens at my appointment?
- Bring your Manitoba Health card and check in with the receptionist.
- The RN will ask about your health history.
- A Pap test will be completed if indicated.
- If requested or indicated in your history, a manual clinical breast examination will be done. See how a manual breast examination is done.
What happens after my appointment?
- Results will be forwarded to the client via a letter from the Pap provider and generally will be returned within one month of the Pap Provider receiving the results.
- You will be contacted by phone by your Pap provider if the results are concerning and/or requiring follow up.
What communities have Cervical Screening Clinics? How do I make an appointment?
For a list of current communities with Cervical Screening Clinics AND to make an appointment – Click Here.