Early Detection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Support clinical trials for research and support breast cancer awareness — in October and year-round.Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.  The American Cancer Society estimates that about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2016; 40,450 deaths are anticipated.

Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and the development of better treatment. Right now there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Kirkland Cancer Center offers women educational events and free screenings to help prevent and detect breast cancer early.

Women age 45 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should keep doing them as long as they are in good health. According to American Cancer Society guidelines, women age 40-44 have a choice to start cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so.  While some cancers can be missed by mammogram, they are still a very important part of early detection.

Medicare, Tenncare, and most private health plans cover all or part of the cost of a mammogram. Breast cancer screening is available to women without health insurance and women whose insurance does not cover mammograms upon meeting eligibility. This is through a program called Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program located at 655 Lexington Ave. inside the Faith & Healing Center.

Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Program encourages women to have a regular Pap exam and clinical breast exam.

Studies show that regular Pap exams and clinical breast exams can detect cervical and breast cancer early. Early detection makes all the difference in treatment and outcome.

YOU may qualify. This program assists women with mammograms as well as pap smears. For more information, please contact Eugenia Owens, LPN at 731- 424-9952 or  Susan Barker, LSW at 731-541-6388 to schedule an appointment and to determine if you are eligible for this free service.

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.