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    645 Parfet Street
    Lakewood, CO 80215

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    Lakewood Clinic

    645 Parfet Street Lakewood, CO 80215
    303-239-7078
    Fax: 303-239-7088

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  • Cancer Prevention 

    Cancer Prevention and Awareness

    If you a woman 20 years of age or older (including male to female transgender and female to male transgender), don't forget to ask about breast and cervical cancer education and/or screening during your annual wellness visit. Jefferson County Public Health will provide qualifying women with these services.

    Breast Cancer Prevention

    • It starts with you! We want you to be ‘Breast Aware’ which means reporting any breast changes to your health care provider. Changes may include unusual lumps and/or bumps, dimpling, skin retraction, pain, redness, itchiness or nipple discharge.
    • It continues with you! You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by breastfeeding, being physically active, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing alcohol intake, not smoking, limiting hormone replacement therapy (if appropriate) and avoiding exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.

     

    Breast Cancer Screening

     

    • During your annual wellness visit, your health care provider will ask you a variety of questions to assess your personal risk for developing breast cancer. This, along with your Clinical Breast Exam will help the provider determine the type and frequency of screening that is best for you. 
      • A Clinical Breast Exam is where your health care provider feels your breasts and underarm for any changes or abnormalities.
       

    • If you are between the ages of 20 and 39, it is recommended that you see a health care provider every 1 to 3 years for a Clinical Breast Exam. Once you turn 40, annual (every year) Clinical Breast Exams are encouraged.

    • Depending on your age and risk factors, your health care provider will recommend that you have a Screening Mammogram (an x-ray that checks for abnormalities in the breast). At Jefferson County Public Health, we will support you in scheduling this appointment at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Sally Jobe Breast Center or St. Joseph’s Hospital. We will also assist you with scheduling any follow-up procedures that may be required.

      • Under age 35 – mammograms are not usually recommended. 
      • Age 35-39 – mammograms are rarely recommended.
      • Age 40-49 – the decision to have a mammogram is primarily based on your individual risk, family history, general health and personal values. 
      • Over age 50 –annual or biennial (once every two years) mammograms are recommended.

     But I don’t need to…but I feel fine…but I can’t afford…

    • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and it is the leading cancer for women.

    • Early stages of breast cancer usually have no symptoms and can take years to develop and spread. Early detection is very important!

    • Jefferson County Public Health will provide you with accessible and cost effective care. We serve individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, enrolled in Medicaid and those with certain private insurance.

    Call today and schedule an appointment: 303-239-7078.


    Some local resources for women to obtain a screening mammogram in Jefferson County include:  

     


     

    Cervical Cancer Prevention

    • It starts with you! If you or your partner is under 27 (male or female), complete the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination series (3 separate injections over 6 months). This vaccine provides immunization against specific HPV types that can cause 70% of cervical cancer. 

      • We offer the HPV vaccination in our clinic. Call and make an appointment today. 
    • It continues with you! Because HPV is a sexually transmitted virus, consider abstinence or limit your number of partners and use condoms. Once HPV is contracted, having a strong immune system will help you fight against the infection. Adopt a healthy lifestyle of eating nutritious foods, exercise regularly, limit your alcohol intake and don’t smoke.
     

     

    Cervical Cancer Screening

     

    • Once you turn 21, you are encouraged to have your first Pelvic Exam and Pap Test. As long as the results are normal, your health care provider will repeat these procedures every 3 years until you turn 30.

      • A Pelvic Exam is when the health care provider inspects your external genitalia, vagina and cervix; and also feels your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
      • A Pap Test is when the health care provider collects some of your cervical cells so that it can be tested for pre-cancerous cells.

    • Once you turn 30, in addition to a Pelvic Exam and Pap Test, Jefferson County Public Health will also perform an HPV Test. As long as the results are normal, we will repeat these three procedures every 5 years up to and including age 65. However, screening may be stopped earlier if you have had your cervix removed for benign reasons; or it may continue for many more years depending on the type of abnormal results in your history.

      • An HPV Test is when the collected cervical cells from the Pap test are examined for the types of the human papillomavirus that can cause cervical cancer.
    • Depending on your age, risk factors and the results of your cervical cancer screening, your health care provider may recommend more frequent screening and additional procedures. At Jefferson County Public Health, we will support you in scheduling appointments for any follow-up procedures that may be required.
     

    But I don’t need to…but I feel fine…but I can’t afford…

    • Most invasive cervical cancer occurs in women never screened or those who have not had a Pap Test within the past 5 years.

    • Early stages of cervical cancer usually have no symptoms and can take years to develop and spread. Early detection is very important.

    • Jefferson County Public Health will provide you with accessible and cost effective care. We serve individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, enrolled in Medicaid and those with certain private insurance.