Originally published in Community News, January 23, 2014
Cancer screening highlighted in January
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Maine Department of Health and Human Services recognizes January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, according to a news release from the DHHS.
Before the development of the Pap test, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. The Pap test can detect cervical cancer early when treatment is most effective.
Starting at age 21, routine Pap tests for women can find potentially cancerous cells growing in the cervix. For more information on this test, women should talk with their doctors, as screening recommendations can vary.
Help with paying for these screenings is available to women age 40 and older who are in need of breast or cervical screening tests and meet certain requirements. The Maine CDC Cancer Prevention and Control programs can provide information about cancer screening tests as well as limited resources for free cancer screenings.
Interested women are encouraged to call 1-800-350-5180
or 287-8068. TTY users should call Maine Relay at 711. More details can be found at maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/bcp.