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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 10/01/98
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Cancer Screenings for Women

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, 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 under insured.

"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 go without."

"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 for the Midwestern section, 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. Rebar was named one of the "best doctors for women" in the August, 1997 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer screening program, and a participating health center in your area, call (513) 558-4342 or (513) 558-4359 in Hamilton County, or call toll free at 1-888-PAP-MAMM (727-6266) if you live in Ohio outside of Hamilton County.

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