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Cervical Cancer Prevention
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Breast Cancer Prevention

To detect breast cancer at a very early stage, women must undergo the appropriate screening tests. The tests are recommended by the American Cancer Society as outlined below:

  1. Mammogram: an x-ray of each breast is taken while carefully compressing the breast. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor. Annual mammograms are recommended for women starting at the age of 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
  2. Clinical Breast Exam (CBE): should be a part of a periodic health exam, once every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s, and once a year for women in their 40s or older. Click on the paragraph title to obtain more details about what to expect from a CBE.
  3. Breast Self-Examination (BSE): As a woman, one should know how your breasts normally look and feel. If she detects any changes in her breasts, she should report them immediately to her doctor to have them examined. BSE is an option for women in their 20s. Note: finding a breast change does not necessarily mean there is a cancer. Click on the paragraph title to obtain more details about how to perform a BSE.

Those recommended age guidelines, however, are generally for individuals with moderate risk. If anyone has a family history of cancer of any kind, she should consult with her doctor to personalize her screening program.

As a part of Breast Cancer Early Detection Program (BCEDP), the Southland Health Center provides free access to critical breast cancer screening services (mammogram and CBE) for qualified female patients in the community. To be qualified, these guidelines have to met:

  1. 40 years or older (once a year);
  2. Household income equal/less than 200% federal poverty level;
  3. Uninsured or underinsured.


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