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Get screened at Surrey Women’s Centre for Breast and Cervical Cancer

Surrey Women’s Centre is accepting limited registrations for Pap test for early detection of cervical cancer, and digital mammography for early detection of breast cancer. Eligible women residents of BC will be screened on January 4, 2017 at the centre in Whalley, in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) and the Embrace Clinic (Fraser Health Authority).

If cervical cancer is detected early, chances of survival are as high as 85%. Hannah Varto, Nurse Practitioner at Embrace Clinic, says, “A Pap test can find abnormal cells in the cervix before they become cancer. Most women who get cervical cancer have not had regular Pap tests. It is important to have regular Pap tests so that any abnormal cells are found early and treated to prevent cancer.” Most cervical cancers can be stopped if found early.

Usually, cervical cancer grows silently without any obvious symptoms. “However, says Varto, “sometimes bleeding between periods, bleeding during sex or after menopause, pelvic pain or pain during intercourse may be symptoms of cervical cancer.” If a woman has any of these symptoms, she must see her health care provider.

BC Cancer Agency’s figures show that 1 in 9 Canadian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, usually before it has spread. Research has shown a 25% reduction in deaths amongst women who screen regularly.

BC women between the ages of 40-74 with a primary care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner or naturopath) can book an appointment for digital mobile mammography at Surrey Women’s Centre on January 4, 2017. For inquiries, contact Ritu Guglani at 778-387-3056 or

Surrey Women’s Centre, a safe place for women and girls, are inviting women to book their appointment for digital mammography and/or Pap test for a few remaining spots. STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing will also be offered to eligible women and girls, under the same roof, at Embrace Clinic.

Surrey Women’s Centre is Surrey’s only women’s crisis centre, responding annually to and protecting over 5,000 women and girls escaping domestic violence and sexual assault. Women in crisis can turn to Surrey Women’s Centre 24 hours a day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year.