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January is cervical cancer awareness month and to help ensure residents in South Georgian Bay aged 25-70 are able to get tested, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT) is hosting Pap-a-Palooza Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics (pap tests) over four days beginning on Jan. 10.

Limited and select appointments for Pap-a-Palooza, are coming to Collingwood to help support residents who need cervical cancer screening and do not have access to a local doctor or nurse practitioner. This community clinic also supports COVID-19 recovery in South Georgian Bay by offloading demand for cancer screening that could not be completed during the pandemic.

“Cervical cancer is almost 100 per cent preventable with pap tests and proper follow up, however, many women in our growing community don’t have a primary care provider to do this simple test,” said family physician Dr. Gillian Brakel. “We are lucky to have this initiative for women in our local community to ensure they keep their Pap Screening up to date. I’m excited to be a part of the Pap-a-Palooza team. It’s a fast and simple test and we are here for you.”

The South Georgian Bay Pap-a- Palooza Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics are being held by appointment on Jan. 10, 13, 17, and 24, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be booked online at: https://ocean.cognisantmd.com/online- booking/581acc56-381e-4ec9-a406- adae253997c7, or by dialing 2-1-1 (24/7 bilingual helpline) for assistance with booking an online appointment. Additional clinics may be added at future dates based on demand.

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