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February 21, 2024

How LifeLabs is supporting and empowering women across Canada

As Published in The Toronto Star Dec. 23, 2023.

In Canada, the launch of a groundbreaking study by the House of Commons health committee has ignited a renewed focus on crucial aspects of women’s health, ranging from reproductive concerns to mental health and societal expectations’ impact on women’s overall well-being. The study of women’s health has brought together experts, policymakers, and advocates who aim to make a significant step toward promoting comprehensive healthcare solutions tailored to women’s unique needs in Canada.

The COVID-19 pandemic only heightened the problem, resulting in delays in breast, ovarian, or cervical cancer screenings, procedures, and treatments. Now, the call for action sits with a House of Commons committee to study and identify the top women’s, trans, and non-binary people’s health issues. This initiative signifies a concerted effort to address existing gender gaps in health care.

Empowering Women

LifeLabs, Canada’s leading medical laboratory, is committed to supporting women’s health and stands at the forefront of women’s health testing. The company’s commitment is reflected in its offerings, including breast cancer screenings, HPV tests, and PAP testing — LifeLabs conducts more PAP tests than any other laboratory in the country. Beyond routine testing, services such as non-invasive prenatal tests (Panorama™), female hormone panels to identify changes in hormone profiles and female fertility panels are offered, making it easy for women to take charge of their health. LifeLabs embodies a philosophy of empowerment.

“We strive to be the beacon of support for women, offering not just tests but a comprehensive suite of services that champion early detection and personalized well-being,” said Dr. Cathy Ross, Vice President of Medical and Quality Affairs at LifeLabs. “It’s about enabling a personalized approach to health that resonates with each woman’s unique journey.”

After all, knowledge is power when it comes to supporting one’s health, and early detection and prevention are the best ways to look after one’s health and optimize better outcomes.

The company makes it easy for women to be proactive about their health, with 370 collection sites across Canada and a trusted reputation as Canada’s leading provider of laboratory diagnostic information and digital health connectivity systems. They have been voted the most trusted brand in health diagnostic services two years running by top market research firm BrandSpark. LifeLabs also operates the country’s largest online patient portal, MyCareCompass, with more than eight million Canadians receiving their results online with just the click of a button.

Prioritizing one’s health has never been easier for women, thanks to LifeLabs’ convenient offerings, exceptional quality testing, experience, expertise, credibility, and reliability.


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