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BREAKING NEWS

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 22, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the time when women are encouraged to become more aware of the need for diagnosis as a means of prevention of one of the most curable forms of cancers.

Over three-fourths of the diagnoses of breast cancer cases are in women over 50. For women over 70, the likelihood of developing breast cancer is nearly twice that of women aged 50.

Women age 40 and over should have a clinical breast exam yearly and do a breast self-exam every month and a mammogram every other year.

Women between 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam every three years. They should also have a breast self-exam every month.

Cost should never be a factor in a woman’s decision to have a clinical breast exam or mammogram. Women who cannot afford breast exams may qualify for cancer screening tests at no charge through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program through Emmet County Public Health.

Following are the guidelines:

n Women should be age 40 or over. However, women under 40 may also qualify for services.

n A woman should be at or below 250 percent of he federal poverty level guidelines.

n The patient has no health insurance or the insurance does not cover services.

n The patient cannot pay insurance deductibles or co-payments.

n The patient has no Medicare Part B coverage.

Through the comprehensive Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, women are offered clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap tests, pelvic exams and limited diagnostic tests.

For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, call 712-362-2490 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.