Breast & Cervical Cancer Program
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Call 443-523-1740 today to see if you qualify for screening services at no cost to you.
Yearly breast exams, mammograms, and regular Pap test help to detect breast and cervical problems early. When problems are found early, they can be treated more easily, adding years to your life.
Lower your risk by following these cancer screening guidelines:
- Get a yearly clinical breast exam
- After you turn 40, have a yearly mammogram
- Get a regular Pap test as recommended by your doctor or nurse
What is a clinical breast exam (CBE)?
- A clinical breast exam (CBE) is an exam of your breasts to find breast problems early
- This exam is usually done by a doctor or nurse who will look and feel for abnormal changes in the size, shape and feel of your breasts
What is a mammogram?
- A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast
- During a mammogram, breasts are compressed between two plates in order to get a good image of the breast
- Some women report that this process is slightly uncomfortable, but lasts for only a few moments
What is a Pap test?
- The main purpose of the Pap test is to detect cancer or abnormal cells in the cervix that can lead to cancer
- During this simple test, a doctor or nurse will do a pelvic exam and collect cells from the cervix. The collected cells are sent to a laboratory to be checked for any abnormal cells
You may qualify for cancer screens at no cost to you if:
- Have no health insurance or no health insurance that covers screening for breast cancer or cervical cancer
- Are between the ages of 40-64
- Are a Somerset County resident
For more information see http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervicalcancer/
Colorectal Cancer Program
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Early stages of colorectal cancer may not have any signs or symptoms. Colorectal cancer screenings help prevent this disease and saves lives through early detection and treatment. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that all people over 50 get screened for colon cancer. This is because 90% of colorectal cancer is found in people over 50. Call us at 443-523-1740 for more information on free cancer screenings for individuals without insurance.
- Often starts as a polyp, or tissue growth, in the colon or rectum that can grow to become cancer
- When found early, it can be cured. You can prevent colorectal cancer by exercising regularly, not smoking, and eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- A colonoscopy is the best test to find colorectal cancer
Are you at risk?
- Older than 50
- Have a history of polyps or colorectal cancer
- Have a family member with a history of colorectal cancer
- Have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)
Possible symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
- Bloody stool
- Changes in the size of the stool or constipation
- Unexplanined weight loss
- Lump in abdomen
What is colonoscopy?
- It is when a flexible tube is used to look at the whole colon from the inside. The doctor looks for polyps that could turn into cancer and removes them
You may qualify for a colonoscopy at no cost to you if:
- Have no health insurance or no health insurance that covers screening for colorectal cancer
- Are between the ages of 50-64 (younger than 50 if you or a family member has a history of colorectal cancer or polyps or anyone experiencing symptoms
- Are a Somerset County resident
Call 443-523-1740 today to see if you qualify for a colonoscopy at no cost to you.