Some women in Hernando County may receive free or low cost screenings for breast and cervical cancer through the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP). The Hernando County Department of Health is encouraging the screening in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which continues through October.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), about 264,000 women get breast cancer every year in the U.S. Annually, 42,000 women die from the disease. About one out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. is found in a man.
Early detection and treatment can be lifesaving. Those at average risk are advised to have a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. Talking to a healthcare provider about risk is also key.
Screenings through the FBCCEDP include clinical breast exam, mammogram, pap test and follow-up care for abnormal results are included in the program.
Those screened through the program and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer may receive treatment through the Florida Medicaid Program.
For more information call 727- 619-0369.