Skip Global navigation and goto content

It's a New Day in Public Health.

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

Skip MegaMenu and goto content

Don't Skip Lifesaving Breast Cancer Screenings

By Pamela Saulsby

September 29, 2020

Don't Skip Lifesaving Breast Cancer Screenings 

For Immediate Release

September 30, 2020

 

DON’T SKIP LIFESAVING BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Tallahassee, FL -- Women who are uninsured may not be getting the mammograms and clinical breast examinations that are part of the early detection of breast cancer. If they are between the ages of 50 and 64, there’s help available via the Florida Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCP) that offers free or low-cost screenings for those who are eligible.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a reminder to schedule mammography and other lifesaving screenings. The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH-Leon), through its BCCP, provides no-cost breast/cervical cancer screening exams, including mammograms; Pap tests; pelvic exams and clinical breast exams to low-income women who are 50 to 64 years of age and are either uninsured or under-insured.

Early detection of cancer is key in diagnosing and treating it. The American Cancer Society provides information on breast cancer screenings, including mammograms, here: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection.html/

Women can call 850-404-6404 to learn more about enrolling in the DOH-Leon BCCP. Those who have received a mammogram elsewhere in the past year are not eligible and must wait a full year before applying again. The BCCP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the DOH.

For information about DOH-Leon, go to http://leon.floridahealth.gov or call (850) 404-6400. Follow us on Twitter and Nextdoor for the latest agency updates.

 

Media Contact

Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer

850-404-6220

 

###