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It’s the new year, time to schedule annual exams

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It’s the new year, time to schedule annual exams

Happy New Year! Have you scheduled your annual exam? For women, this yearly visit plays a critical role in your health. A breast and cervical cancer screening is an important part of making sure women remain healthy. Men also need to have a colon cancer screening, if needed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cervical cancer is the most preventable cancer in women. An annual Pap test detects abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix that could be precancerous.

At the same time, a test for human papillomavirus may find the virus that triggers the cells’ abnormality.

Finding abnormal cells and treating them in the early stages has significantly decreased the incidence of cervical cancer. With this in mind, I would like to remind you about the Cancer Services Program of Fulton and Montgomery Counties. The program offers women 40-64 and men 50-64, who do not have health insurance, the opportunity to get a free breast and/or cervical cancer screening, and/or colorectal cancer screening kit.

Schedule a breast and cervical health screening. Cancer screenings and early detection saves lives. Unfortunately, despite its availability and success in reducing death from cancer, too many women neglect to take advantage of these life-saving screenings. The Cancer Services program is here to offer you free cancer screenings if you do not have health insurance.

Please call Suzanne Hagadorn, program coordinator at 841-3726.

Christina Akey

Johnstown

The writer is the public health educator for Fulton County Public Health.

 
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