Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
For Immediate Release
Date: September 10, 2007
Release Date: October 1, 2007 End Date:
October 31, 2007
Contact: Dianna LaBonte, R.N., B.S.N.
Public Health Nurse Coordinator
Phone: (810) 257-4571
Re: Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness and Screening
Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer
among Michigan women. In 2004, 276 women in Genesee County were diagnosed
with breast cancer and 71 Genesee County women died of the disease. Early
detection is key to survival. With regular screenings, breast cancer is
more likely to be detected at an early stage, when it is most treatable.
Mammograms can detect cancer two years before a lump
can be felt. The Michigan Cancer Consortium and the Michigan Department of
Community Health (MDCH) and the Genesee County Health Department recommend
yearly clinical breast exams and mammograms for women 40 and over. In
addition, all women age 20 and over should perform monthly self breast
Access to a life-saving test is simply a phone call
away. The Genesee County Health Departmentís Breast and Cervical Cancer
Control Program (BCCCP) offers a FREE clinical breast exam, pelvic exam,
mammogram and Pap smear to women 40 and over who qualify. The program may
also assist financially with diagnostic procedures if an abnormality is
detected. If a woman is currently enrolled in the Breast and Cervical
program and the program diagnoses her with breast or cervical cancer,
Medicaid may help with treatment.
BCCCP is an ongoing program for women 40 and over that
are uninsured, underinsured and income qualified. For example, a one person
household with an annual income of $25,525.00 is income qualified. This
program is available to residents of all counties and accepts GHP, Straight
Medicaid, and Medicare part A only. Women who enroll and are screened
through the Genesee County Health Departmentís BCCCP during the month of
October will have their name entered into a drawing for a chance to win a
$40.00 Target gift card.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for
this life saving screening, please contact the Genesee County Health
Department at (810) 237-4545.