Request an Appointment for Pap and Cervical Cancer Screening
Having a regular Pap test is the best way you can protect yourself from cervical cancer. You can use this online form to request an appointment for a Pap test.
What is a Pap test?
During a Pap test a family physician, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse will remove a small sample of cells from the cervix. These cells are examined under a microscope and monitored for any abnormal changes to ensure cervical cancer does not develop.
How often should I be tested?
In general, women of average risk should have a regular Pap test every three years. If you have ever been treated for abnormal cells (cervical dysplasia) or cancer of the cervix or if you have a weakened immune system, you should be screened every year. You may have a weakened immune system if you are:
- a transplant recipient; or
- being treated with chemotherapy or taking long-term corticosteroids; or
- HIV/AIDS positive.
What should I understand about my screening appointment?
Your visit will only include a test which screens for cervical cancer. It does not replace a complete physical examination by your primary care provider. The results of your test will go directly to your family doctor or nurse practitioner as well as to the provincial screening service. The screening service will send notice of your test results and reminders to your mailing address. It is your responsibility to notify Health PEI of changes to your address.
Patients coming into pap clinics are advised to perform hand hygiene and wear a mask and arrive 5 minutes prior to the appointment time.
What do I need to request an appointment?
You will need your PEI Health Card and your personal contact information.
- The screening service will check your requested appointment date and time and will confirm by phone, e-mail or letter. If the clinic is filled, the screening service will ensure the next available appointment.
- Please do not show up at a clinic without a confirmed appointment.