Fall 2010

Online Only h e a l t h   p r o m o t i o n
Let’s send Pap screening rates soaring!

Pap Test Awareness Week Oct 25-31

Stock Photo



The Cervical Screening Initiatives program campaign for Pap Test Awareness Week launch will be coupled with a mail out to all physicians reminding each of you how important the physician prompt is in screening more women.

Submitted Article

The Cervical Screening Initiatives program campaign for Pap Test Awareness Week this year will include a community balloon launch in each region with a vision of “sending Pap screening rates soaring.” This initiative will be coupled with a mail out to all physicians reminding each of you how important the physician prompt is in screening more women. We are also encouraging the hosting of Pap test clinics during October in celebration of provincial Pap Test Awareness Week.

In addition, the program will be launching a “Spa Tacular” campaign through all beauty salons in the province to promote the importance of cervical screening. Each woman who visits a participating salon will be eligible to enter her name for a chance to win a salon gift certificate and will also be made aware of the message that Pap testing is important. “We will keep spreading the word on Pap testing,” says Lori Harnett, Women’s Health Educator with the program. “However, we need more opportunities for women to access service.”

The Cervical Screening Initiatives program began in the Western Region of the province, while maintaining linkages and expanding to all other regions. The program is currently well established across the province. The strong partnerships the program has formed with many service providers across the province are testimony to this.

The program is an organized approach to cervical screening aimed at educating the public and increasing participation rates. In Newfoundland and Labrador, about 85,000 women are screened annually and about 8,000 will have an abnormal Pap test each year. Unfortunately, that leaves about 140,000 women who are not screened.

Newfoundland and Labrador does an excellent job in promoting cervical screening, but screening rates in the province remain low. Many times Pap testing, like other preventative health care, can get put on the back burner.

Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in Canada. The Pap test, which takes only a few minutes, and done yearly, could save a woman’s life. It is estimated for every three women diagnosed with cervical cancer this year one woman will die. More than 60 per cent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer did not have a Pap test for many years before their diagnosis, if ever. With the very simple Pap test this cancer can be prevented.

Lori Harnett, B. Ed, MBA is the Women’s Health Educator with the Cervical Screening Initiatives program. She can be reached at (709) 643-8719 or by e-mail.



 Poor Average Good Excellent 




Site Map | DisclaimerCredits | Webmaster
© Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA)



Advice for politicians on improving long-term care

New security policy at NLMA House

CMA elects new president; Dr. John Haggie confirmed as president-elect

News from General Council

Canadians concerned aging baby boomers will impact quality of health care

Knowing is better than not knowing

Rock star, movie star and health promotion

Community Health Outreach office opens in Grand Falls-Windsor

Dedicated to addressing health risk of smoking

Site aims to recruit 200 participants

Capturing an era of cottage hospitals

CNIB offers supports to people with low vision

Patient-centered care at heart of refocusing Canada’s health care system

Pickled red meat associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer

Let’s send Pap screening rates soaring!

Recognizing excellence

Clinical Practice
CMA News
Common Revolt Against Paperwork (C.R.A.P.)
Doctors in the News
Executive Director's Message
General Council
Government Relations
Health Administration
Health Policy
Health Promotion
Health Technology
In Memoriam
Information Technology
Job Action
Physician Wellness
Practice Management
Primary Care Renewal
Resident's Corner
NLPCSG newsletter In Touch Summer 2010 (PDF)
NLPDP newsletter Behind the Scenes Fall 2010 (PDF)
CARN newsletter October 2010 (PDF)
Winter 2013
Summer 2013
Spring 2013
Winter 2012
Fall 2012
Summer 2012
Spring 2012
Winter 2011
Fall 2011
Summer 2011
Spring 2011
Winter 2010-11
Fall 2010
Summer 2010
Spring 2010
Winter 2009
Fall 2009
Summer 2009
Spring 2009
Winter 2008
Fall 2008
Summer 2008
Spring 2008
Winter 2007
Fall 2007
Summer 2007
Spring 2007
Winter 2006
Fall 2006
Summer 2006
Spring 2006
Winter 2005
Fall 2005
Summer 2005
Spring 2005
Winter 2004
Fall 2004
Summer 2004
Spring 2004
Winter 2003
Fall 2003
Summer 2003
Spring 2003
Fall/Winter 2002
A connected group or series; a bond, a connection.

Nexus is published quarterly for Newfoundland and Labrador's physicians. It is a forum for the exchange of views, ideas and information for members.