Free Breast Health Services Available Through PA Health Dept.
The state Department of Health offers a free breast cancer early detection program called HealthyWoman.
Free services for those meeting the eligibility standards include:
- Clinical breast examination
- Pelvic examination and Pap smear
- Education on breast self-exam
- Follow-up diagnostic care for an abnormal result
To view a chart of "Eligibility at a Glance," click here, or call 1-800-215-7494 to find out if you are eligible for the program.
If breast or cervical cancer is detected through the HWP, patients will be able to receive free treatment through the state Department of Public Welfare's Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program.
Why is the HealthyWoman Program important?
- Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Only bronchus/lung cancer causes more deaths than breast cancer.
- Breast cancer risk increases with age.
- Caucasian women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women. African-American women are more likely to die of this cancer. (Native, Asian- and Hispanic-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.)
- Fifty percent of cervical cancer cases in Pennsylvania are diagnosed among women aged 50 years or more.
- African-American women over age 50 are at a greater risk for cervical cancer than Caucasian women.
- Cervical cancer is often diagnosed because of missed opportunities for screening, early diagnosis and treatment.
- Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the primary cause of cervical cancer.
- Cervical cancer occurs most often in Hispanic women; the rate is over twice that of non-Hispanic white women.
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