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Women encouraged to "Put Yourself First"

Women take note, the University of Lethbridge has entered into the Health Challenge – "Put Yourself First" to encourage woman to get their mammogram and Pap tests.

The Alberta Health Services – Breast and Cervical Health Program, and the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation has teamed up with Meyers, Norris, Penny to present this program. Every woman who has a mammogram or Pap test between May 27, 2009 and October 26, 2009 will have their name entered in a draw to win a $100 gift certificate at the Keg Restaurant. The business with the largest number of women having Pap tests and mammograms will win the challenge and receive a plaque.

Contact team captain Suzanne McIntosh at or 403-332-5217 for more information.

What do I get for participating in the challenge?

You get the assurance that you are taking care of yourself by getting a Pap or mammogram or both. Both of these tests can save your life. Your name is also entered into a draw for a $100 gift certificate at the Keg Restaurant.

Sign up with Suzanne McIntosh, team captain for the U of L. She will give you a card to be signed by the health care professional that has done either the mammogram or Pap test. The card is then returned to Suzanne for entry into the draw at the end of the challenge.

How do I book a Pap or Mammogram?

For a Pap test:

• Call your Family Physician to book an appointment.

• If you do not have a family physician or would prefer to see a female physician for a Pap test, call the Breast and Cervical Health Programs (403-388-6324) to book an appointment to attend the weekly Pap clinic. You will need to provide your Alberta Health Care Number and an appointment will be booked for you.

For a Mammogram:

• Call your family physician and book an appointment. Women aged 50 to 69 can phone Radiology Associates and book a "screening" mammogram, provided they have not had any breast problems.

• The recommended guidelines for having a mammogram are as follows: Women aged 40 to 50 should discuss the need for a mammogram with their family physician based on their health history. Women aged 50 to 69 should have a mammogram every one to two years.

If I have a mammogram and Pap do I get two entries into the draw for the gift certificate?

Yes! Just ensure your team captain gives you two cards to fill out.