Patients orphan of a family physician, who had not had a Pap smear for at least three years will be able to access this review, the next week at the Hospital in Gatineau, in the framework of the Week of prevention of cervical cancer of the uterus.
Appointments in the outpatient clinic at the Hospital de Gatineau will be offered between 15 and 19 October, for women 21 years of age or older who have not been able to have a Pap test in the past three years and who do not have a family doctor.
Head of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology of the integrated Centre of health and social services for the Outaouais region (CISSSO), Dr. Lionel-Ange Poungui argued that this screening test is important for detecting a precursor to cancer, which can be “100% processed”. “For cancer that is detected early, the survival rate is excellent, with a survival rate after five years of 70% to 80%”, he says.
The gynecologists-obstetricians in CISSSO are mobilizing to participate in this first full week of Pap tests in the Hospital, in Gatineau, because “as doctors, our job is not only to treat, but also to do the prevention,” notes Dr. Poungui. Last year, the CISSSO had organized a one day kind.
Even if the cancer of the cervix is not a part of the most common cancers, Dr. Poungui said that it “affects predominantly young women in the flower of age”. Last year, in Canada, approximately 1,500 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and 400 died of the disease.
The CISSSO the hope that “several tens” of women without a family doctor is to prevail, the next week, this opportunity to have access to a Pap test, an examination that “only takes five minutes” . To do this, they can now make an appointment by calling the 819-966-6300.
At the present time, the time for obtaining test results Pap screening varies between 65 and 70 days in the Outaouais region, while the target is 64 days. In the winter of 2016, this deadline was nearly six months. “Things have improved a lot,” says Dr. Poungui.