Maine CDC Press Release

October 5, 2009

Maine CDC Urges Screening During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Program offers free screening for those who qualify

AUGUSTA - Recognizing October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Maine Department of Health and Human Services has good news for Maine women who are in need of an annual breast and cervical exam with a doctor.

The Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program continues to provide free annual exams and mammograms to eligible women. Now in its 15th year, the program helps women age 40 and over obtain care if they meet certain income guidelines; have no medical insurance (including MaineCare and Medicare Part B), or have health insurance that does not cover doctor visits or mammograms.

The program is also pleased to be able to offer assistance to qualifying women age 35-39 who have seen a doctor and need additional tests for possible breast or cervical cancer, or have not had a Pap test in five or more years.

To see if you qualify, please call 1-800-350-5180 or 1-207-287-8068, TTY: 1-800-438-5514. More details can also be found at:

Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, Director,
Maine CDC, 287-3270