The Women’s Cancer Screening Program Receives Excellent Feedback from Clients

The Women’s Cancer Screening Program at South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) began in 2004 as an initiative to promote breast cancer awareness in East Toronto. The program was created in response to community need for cancer screening conducted by women clinicians. Since 2004, the program has evolved to facilitate two cancer screening clinics for women every month, staffed by two Nurse Practitioners. Interpreters are available for clients who speak languages other than English.

Over 1,000 women have participated in the screening program over the years, many of whom have reported excellent feedback about the program. From the 2023-2024 survey, 94% of clients would consider coming back for a screening and 90% would recommend the program to other women who could benefit from the service. The processes of booking, registration, screening and education have also been highly rated. One client commented that “staff were helpful, knowledgeable and all instructions were clear,” while another noted that “everyone made an uncomfortable exam more relaxed. Thank you.”

Cancer screening tests are important for all women, as screening tests can help detect some types of cancer in early stages, which may lead to earlier treatment, reduced disease severity and improved health outcomes. For more information about cancer screening and provincial recommendations, please visit For more information about the Women’s Cancer Screening program at SRCHC or to book an appointment for a pap smear, please contact Grace at 647-642-8196.