Cincinnati—October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to
help promote awareness, the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical
Center is offering free
cervical and breast cancer screenings to eligible women in Ohio. This
comprehensive screening is part of The Southwestern Ohio Breast and
Cervical Cancer Project sponsored by UC College of Medicine, supported
by the Health Alliance, and funded with grants from the Ohio Department
of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The
Health Alliance includes the following Ohio hospitals: The Christ
Hospital, The Jewish Hospital, The Fort Hamilton Hospital, and The
University Hospital in Cincinnati.
The primary objective of this
project is to significantly increase the number of women in Ohio
screened for breast and cervical cancer. Pap tests, pelvic exams,
clinical breast exams, and mammograms are being offered free of charge
to Ohio women who have a limited income and are uninsured or
"The Ohio project targets women between 40 and 49
for Pap tests and women over the age of 50 for mammograms," says
project coordinator Beth O'Connor, RN. She says, "This program ensures
free mammograms and pelvic exams for eligible women who may otherwise
"Ohio women are especially lucky because screening
and early detection are the key to saving lives," says principal
investigator of the project Nader Husseinzadeh, MD, director of the
oncology division of the UC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Husseinzadeh has been named in Woodward and White's Best Doctors in America
and is a UC professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Robert Rebar, MD,
director of UC's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is
coinvestigator of the project.
For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer screening program and a participating health center in your area, call (513) 584-4342 or (513) 584-4359 in Hamilton County, or call toll free at 1-888-PAP-MAMM (727-6266) if you live in Ohio outside of Hamilton County.