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Breast cancer can occur in women at any age. Screening for breast cancer should begin with a Breast Self-Exam (BSE) at home once a month. A BSE is when a woman feels her own breasts with her fingertips to check for any unusual lumps and/or bumps. In addition to regular BSEs, yearly breast exams by a health care provider are also recommended. Yearly breast exams are done during a woman’s annual wellness exam, which is a service that is provided at the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) clinic. JCPH clinicians teach women how to do a Breast Self-Exam at home as well. If a clinician detects a suspicious lump during an exam, clinicians then assist patients in getting care through local health care providers that provide case management, order diagnostic imaging, and all follow-up that may be needed.
It is recommended for women to begin yearly screening mammograms at age 40. Some local resources for women to obtain a screening mammogram in Jefferson County include:
Women do not need an order from a health care provider office to schedule a mammogram at the above locations. Additionally, both work with the Komen Foundation and other charities to help women who cannot afford to pay for a mammogram and/or do not have health insurance. Women on Medicaid or with health insurance can also use these services.Women over the age of 40 who are uninsured or underinsured may also qualify for the Women’s Wellness Connection program through the state health department. This program provides breast exams, mammograms and Pap smears for cancer prevention at no cost. For more information or to find a local WWC clinic, please call the WWC hotline at 1-866-951-9355.
Cervical cancer screenings should start at the age of 21 with a Pap smear. As long as test results are normal, women should then have a Pap smear every 3 years until age 30, and then every 5 years after that if they are also tested for HPV at the same time.If there is an abnormal result, JCPH can provide case management to assist a patient to stay on track with all recommended follow-up.Although yearly Pap smears are no longer recommended by women’s health experts, women should still get an annual wellness exam every year to monitor their health. A Pap smear is only one small part of a wellness visit.Women (and men) between the ages of 9-26 can also receive the HPV vaccine to prevent HPV infection, which causes most types of cervical cancer.
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