Get breast and cervical cancer screenings.
When it comes to your health, you’re worth it. It’s important to have regular breast and cervical cancer screenings. They can detect cancer before you have any signs or symptoms. You matter. So love yourself. Protect yourself. A screening could save your life.
Know when you need screenings:
1 Talk with your doctor about individual screening recommendations.
2 Individuals 65 years of age and older who are not eligible for Medicare also may qualify for free screening.
3 Individuals with a family history of cancer may qualify for screening at an earlier age.
Per Screening for Life guidelines dated April 4, 2014.
Talk to your health care provider today.
Don’t have one? A nurse navigator can help.
A nurse navigator can schedule a cancer screening for you.
Every health care system in the state has nurse navigators who can schedule your cancer screening and provide follow-up help — whether you have health insurance or not. Use this form to request a callback, or call the nurse navigator at the facility closest to you:
If you would like to speak directly to a nurse navigator you can call the facility closest to you from the list below.
- Bayhealth Medical Center: 302-566-1202
- Beebe Healthcare: 302-297-8342
- Christiana Care Health Services: 302-261-8719
- Nanticoke Health Services: 302-604-5243, ext. 3765
- Saint Francis Hospital: 302-504-6732
The Women’s Health Screenings Van is on the move to save lives.
The Women’s Health Screenings Van is bringing breast and cervical cancer screenings to you. And the van now offers blood pressure monitoring, tobacco cessation tools, diabetes information, and healthy lifestyle tips. Find out when the van’s going to be in your area and schedule an appointment.
You are at greater risk for breast cancer if you:
- Eat a high-fat diet
- Have more than one alcoholic drink per day
- Are overweight
- Have never given birth
- Have used birth control pills within the past 10 years
- Are age 55 or older
- Have a history of breast cancer in the family
- Have dense breast tissue
You are at greater risk for cervical cancer if you:
- Have HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems
- Have used birth control pills for a long time (five or more years)
- Have given birth to three or more children
- Have several sexual partners
Getting a screening is easy.
A mammogram is a breast cancer screening. It’s fast and easy. You stand in front of a special X-ray machine, and your breasts are scanned one at a time. You may feel a little uncomfortable for a few seconds, but the machine gives your health care provider a look at breast tissue that can’t be felt during an exam. It’s safe — only a very small dose of radiation is used for the screening. After the screening, your health care provider will notify you of your results.
A Pap test is a simple procedure. It looks for cell changes on your cervix by collecting a few cells that will be examined by a lab. It’s painless and easy. The screening can be done during a routine office visit, and your health care provider will let you know how to obtain your results.
We offer help for screenings and cancer treatment.
If you don’t have insurance or can’t afford a breast or cervical cancer screening, there is a program that could provide the screening for you. Learn about it now.
If you should be diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer and are unable to afford treatment, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program provides free cancer treatment for up to two years. Cancer Care Coordinators help guide you through treatment by scheduling visits with health care providers and making sure you get the care you need.
Myth vs Fact
Mamograms are painful and take forever.
At most, you may feel a little uncomfortable for a few seconds; some women have no discomfort at all. Start to finish, most appointments take about 30 minutes.
No one in my family has breast cancer, so I won’t get it.
Most women who get breast cancer do not have a history of breast cancer in their family.
Women my age don’t get breast cancer.
It’s important to stick to the screening guidelines and talk to your health care provider — no matter what your age — about what screenings you should have and when.
I’m a survivor. I don’t need breast cancer screenings — I’m no longer at risk.
Sometimes, getting mammograms can be even more important for people who have had other forms of cancer, because they may be more at risk.
Doctors can’t prevent cervical cancer, so why bother getting screened?
Cervical cancer can be prevented if the virus that causes it is detected early enough. Pap tests allow the virus to be found and treated before it becomes cancer.
Pap tests are painful and take forever.
Like mammograms, a Pap test may cause, at most, a little discomfort for a split second. The test can be done during a routine office visit.
I don’t have any symptoms, so I’m fine.
In early stages, cervical cancer does not cause symptoms that a woman can notice. Symptoms usually appear as the cancer grows.
I have only one sexual partner, so I don’t have to worry about cervical cancer.
Even if she has sex just one time, a woman could be exposed to the virus that causes cervical cancer. The chance of getting it increases if a woman has multiple sexual partners.
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