PHYSICAL HEALTH SERVICES
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
This program provides free mammograms, clinical breast examinations, and
pap testing to women who meet the following guidelines:
1. Must be an Allegany County Resident
2. Age 40-64
3. No health insurance or insurance does not pay for the above screening exams
4. Income falls within the specified guidelines (see below)
Family Size Income
For families with more than (8) members, add $8,150 for each additional person.
These figures are updated annually in January by the federal government. For the most
recent information see http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/poverty.
Area health care providers who participate with the program will complete the physical
Please call Esther or Debbie at 301-777-5617 to see if you qualify for these services
and to make an appointment.
Breast Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths to women in Maryland. Being a
woman is the #1 risk factor for breast cancer. Other risk factors that may increase your
risk of breast cancer include:
Having a personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
Having a mother, daughter, or sister who has breast cancer
Recently using hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and/or progesterone).
Even if you do not have any of these risk factors, you can still develop breast cancer.
Early detection saves lives!
Get a clinical BREAST EXAMINATION AND MAMMOGRAM ANNUALLY
BEGINNING AT AGE 40.
When performing a self breast examination monthly, (as recommended by the Komen
Foundation), look for these signs and symptoms of possible problems in your breast and
underarm area. If you notice any of them, call your health care professional right away:
Lumps, hard knot, or thickening in any part of the breast
Unusual swelling, warmth, or redness that does not go away
Dimpling or puckering of skin of your breast
Itchy or scaly sore or rash on nipple
Pulling in of nipple or other parts of breast
Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
Nipple discharge that is bloody
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical Cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells develop in the tissues of the cervix
(opening of the uterus). The cervix connects the uterus to the vagina. Before cancer cells
appear on the cervix, the tissues of the cervix go through changes. A pap test will usually
find these cells. When it is found and treated EARLY, cervical cancer can be CURED!
Your body gives you no early warning signs that you are developing cervical cancer.
Once you start feeling bad enough to see your doctor, it could be too late. Routine
screening tests could save your life!
For more information on breast and/or cervical cancer, click on the links below:
American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: www.komen.org