January 4, 2011
Regular Cancer Screenings A Good New Year’s Resolution
Programs Available to help Defray Cost
AUGUSTA - January is a time where many make resolutions to improve their health. Women may consider making a resolution to call their health care provider and make an appointment to have a Pap test, clinical breast exam and mammogram. Regular screening examinations remain the best way to find pre-cancers before they can turn into cancer. Early detection and treatment remains our best fight against cervical and breast cancers.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, has two programs that can provide assistance to Maine women looking for cancer prevention resources.
The Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) partners with health care providers in every county to offer free Pap tests, pelvic exams, and clinical breast exams. After their exam, clients are referred for a free mammogram. Eligible women must be 40 or older and meet income and insurance guidelines. The program does have limited openings for women 35-39 who have seen a provider and need additional breast or cervical cancer screening. To see if you are eligible for these services, call the MBCHP at 1-800-350-5180.
For information about cancer control efforts, the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (MCCCP) provides leadership and coordination of Maine’s statewide comprehensive cancer control efforts. It is guided by the goals and objectives found in the Maine Cancer Plan. For more information, call the MCCCP at 1-207-287-4715.