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Prince George Papapalooza offering easy access to Pap tests

The event, coming to Prince George on June 3, was co-developed by a UBC Northern Medical Program graduate.
Papapalooza is coming to Prince George on June 3.

Papapalooza is coming to Prince George on June 3.

The event, running from noon to 4 p.m. at Central Interior Native Health (1110 Fourth Ave.), is open to anyone 25-years or older who needs a Pap test. Pap tests are recommended every three years for people aged 25 to 69, to screen for signs of cervical cancer.

Papapalooza was developed by Dr. Kristi Kyle and UBC Northern Medical Program graduate Dr. Christine Layton, according to information released by the Northern Medical Program.

“We envisioned offering an event where those aged 25-69 who were due for a Pap smear could easily access care, update their screening, and receive trauma-informed care,” said Layton, a family doctor in Nanaimo.

To date, events have been held in Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna and Ottawa, and organizers are hoping to bring the events to other communities in B.C., Alberta and Ontario.

“We are hoping to improve access to this important screening. Many people who need it face barriers in accessing this care, such as not having a family doctor or feeling uncomfortable in getting the test from their regular provider, for example,” said Hannah Le Bouder, a UBC Northern Medical Program student who is helping to organize the Papapalooza event in Prince George.

Fellow Northern Medical Program students Bailey Eberherr and Michaela Kelly, and local physician Dr. Heather Smith are helping organize the event, along with other local healthcare professionals.

Anyone needing a Pap test can book an appointment at Papapalooza online.