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Women’s Wellness Centre raises awareness of cervical cancer

(SAINT JOHN) October 30, 2012 - The Women's Wellness Centre in Saint John will be hosting a free public pap-testing clinic on Thursday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The clinic is part of a larger pap-testing campaign by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. Besides raising awareness of cervical cancer, the campaign also focuses on the importance of prevention. Regular pap tests are one of the best ways to help reduce the risks of developing cervical cancer.

The clinic will also provide an opportunity for women to learn more about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination. HPV is the most common reason for abnormal pap results. The sexually transmitted infection affects almost eight out of 10 Canadians at some point in their lives. Canada has approved HPV vaccination for girls and young women ages nine to 26. More information on HPV can be found at

The clinic is free and no appointment is necessary. Simply drop-in and register at the main lobby. For more information you can contact the Women's Wellness Centre at 506-632-5454.



 For more information contact:
Lisa Caissie
Manager Media Relations



Horizon Health Network is the largest health-care organization in Atlantic Canada, operating 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices providing medical services ranging from acute care to community based health services to New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. With 1,000 physicians, an annual budget exceeding $1 billion and approximately 13,000 employees, Horizon Health Network's strategic vision focuses on research, innovation and education.


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