PAP Smears

PAP Smears do not have to be painful awkward chores that you need to do every 2-3 years. At Mint, we believe they can be comfortable and educational experiences where you can learn more about your body while screening for cervical cancer and its risk factors. You should feel empowered and supported in understanding why you are having this screening done. We don’t just want you to feel like a postcard reminder.

As per the BC Cancer Agency:

Cervical cancer screening involves a test called a Pap test that can find abnormal cells in the cervix before they become cancer.

If these abnormal cells are found and treated early, cervical cancer can be stopped from developing.

Screening can also identify cancer at an early stage – before it can cause symptoms. If cervical cancer is caught at its earliest stage, the chance of survival is more than 85 per cent.

Cervical cancer usually has no symptoms. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:

  1. Abnormal vaginal bleeding (such as bleeding in between periods, bleeding during/after sex or after menopause);
  2. Abnormal or persistent vaginal discharge; or,
  3. Pelvic pain, or pain during sexual intercourse.
  4. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor.

Women between the ages of 25 to 69 should be screened for cervical cancer every three years.

Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) can stop at age 69 if your results have always been normal. Ask your health care provider if you should still be tested.

You should still screen regularly for cervical cancer if:

  1. You’ve been through menopause;
  2. You’ve had only one sexual partner or have been with the same partner for a while;
  3. You’ve had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine;
  4. You’re in a same-sex relationship; or,
  5. You’re a transgender individual with a cervix.

Book in with Drs, Shaw, Buten, Saffari, Moyer or Milne at Mint to schedule your next PAP. PAPs can be part of a full wellness exam. Inquire with our clinic. And if all you want is a PAP without the fuss, we’re cool with that too!

For more information visit:

BC cancer PAP test