Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Person: Dianna LaBonte,
Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
Cervical Cancer Awareness
during 2003, 104 women in
died of cervical
cancer. All deaths from cervical
cancer can be prevented through appropriate treatment.
Since most cervical cancers develop over a long period of time, abnormal
tissue can be detected early through a test called a Pap smear.
Early detection plays an important role in cervical cancer survival.
Michigan Cancer consortium, the Michigan Department of Community Health, the
American Cancer Society and the Genesee County Health Department recommend a Pap
for all women who have reached the age of 21
or who have been sexually active for three years.
two years after three consecutive normal exams,
at the providerís discretion.
The Genesee County Health Departmentís Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
offers FREE Pap smears and pelvic exams, breast exams and mammograms.
The program is for women 40 and over who meet program qualifications.
Funding is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the State of
and local resources. The program
accepts straight Medicaid, Medicare Part A, Genesee Health Plan and some private
insurance. For more information or
to schedule an appointment for a life saving screening, please contact the
Genesee County Health Department at