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The Prevention Pays women’s cancer screening program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 2, at the Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road in Williamstown.
If it’s time for a mammogram and annual exam then you may be able to save time by getting both on the same day with the Prevention Pays women’s cancer screening program. Screenings are scheduled at each of the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s county health centers. The program is coordinated by the Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition.
On the designated screening days, eligible women will be able to have an annual exam, including a pap smear, pelvic exam and clinical breast exam performed by a nurse practitioner, as well as receive a mammogram in the mobile mammography unit from St. Elizabeth Health Care, which will be parked outside the health center.
To be eligible for the screening, women must be between the ages of 40 and 64, have an income below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (currently $27,225 annually for a single-person household and $55,875 annually for a four-person household), and not be enrolled in a private health insurance plan Medicare or Medicaid. Appointments are required for the screenings and women are asked to schedule their appointments in advance. “Having to make a trip to the Health Department for an annual exam and to St. Elizabeth for the mammogram can be a barrier for many women,” said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “The women who come in on the Prevention Pays days appreciate that they can receive vital health screenings with only one trip.”
Besides the designated screening days, the Health Department offers daily appointments for annual women’s health exams at each of its county health centers. The Health Department provided cancer screening services to more than 730 women last year. Through the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program, the Health Department has been offering subsidized cancer screening services since 2002.
“An added benefit of being screened through this program is that if abnormalities are found during a Prevention Pays screening, follow-up care including additional screenings, biopsies and cancer treatment is available through the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program,” said Toni Carle, President of the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition.
For more information on the Prevention Pays screening days or other women’s health programs at the health department, please call 859-341-4264 or visit http://www.nkyhealth.org/cancerscreen. For more information on the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition, call 859-898-4909 or visit http://www.nkwcc.org.