Hammer City Roller Derby is teaming up with the Regional Cancer Program to promote Pap tests. Skaters Slaylee, Typhoid Maggie, Watt, Emma Let You Finish, and Abbey Roadkill are serving as cervical screening champions for our 2018 season, meaning they will encourage derby fans to #StayOnTrack with Pap tests. Champions’ stories will be shared through social media beginning in April, and the Regional Cancer Program will also have an information table at our home season opener on April 21.
The Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) recommends that eligible women get a free Pap test every three years through their healthcare provider, such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Pap tests are recommended for women ages 21 to 69 who have ever been sexually active. Pap tests are also recommended for members of the LGBTQ community who were born with a cervix.
The provincial goal is to screen 85 per cent of eligible Ontario women. Currently, only 62 per cent of eligible women in this region are being screened for cervical cancer. This means that over 150,000 people are overdue for their Pap test or have never been screened. The number of people who return for screening every three years is also declining provincially and regionally.
Learn more about cancer screening at hnhbscreenforlife.ca.