Cincinnati--October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 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 over 50
other healthcare providers in the region. The free screenings are
funded by grants from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. The UC grant now covers screenings for
women in the following Ohio counties: Hamilton, Butler, Clinton,
Clermont, and Warren. The Health Alliance screening sites include the
following Ohio hospitals: The Christ Hospital, the Fort Hamilton Hughes
Hospital, The Jewish Hospital and The University Hospital in
Cincinnati. The breast and cervical cancer screening program is
available in every county in Ohio.
"This project strives to
significantly increase the number of women in Ohio screened for breast
and cervical cancer," said project coordinator Beth O'Connor, RN. For
the past five years, the project has enrolled over 4,000 women and
offered free pap tests, pelvic exams, clinical breast exams and
mammograms to Ohio women who have a limited income and are uninsured or
under insured. During this five-year period, 52 breast cancers and four
cervical cancers were detected.
"The Ohio project targets women
between ages 40 and 49 for Pap tests and women over the age of 50 for
mammograms," said O'Connor. "This program ensures free mammograms and
pelvic exams for eligible women who may otherwise go without."
and early detection are the key to saving lives," said principal
investigator of the project Nader Husseinzadeh, MD, UC professor and
director of the Division of Gyn-Oncology in the UC Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology. Husseinzadeh has been named in Woodward and
White's Best Doctors in America
for the Midwestern section. By raising awareness about the importance
of early detection this project has contributed to the 20 percent
increase in mammography use among women older than 50 and has helped
reduce disparities in screenings for racial and ethnic minorities.
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 an Ohio county outside of Hamilton County.