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Mammograms screenings for uninsured women
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Mammograms screenings for uninsured women

Pinellas County, Florida -- For women who have no insurance and are too young for Medicare often cannot afford to get these lifesaving screenings like mamograms and cervical screenings.In Florida, there's a state resource that can provide these screenings at no cost for those who qualify.

Women between the ages of 50 and 64 who cannot afford mammograms and cervical cancer screenings can apply to receive these tests at no cost through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP) at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.

The program provides no-cost breast and cervical cancer screening exams to women in that age group who are low income, uninsured or have insurance that doesn't cover these screenings.

Women may call (727) 824-6917 to see if they qualify for the program. An application can be mailed or it may be downloaded at www.PinellasHealth.com.

Click on the BCCEDP's link on the left nav bar for the application, more information and a Notice of Privacy Practices.

Women who qualify will be notified of their first appointment by BCCEDP staff.

Program clients can receive screenings at no cost for a full year once they qualify.

Women need to have their first cervical cancer screening at the age of 21 regardless of sexual activity. These tests should be repeated every three to five years if results are normal. Breast exams for adult women should be performed by a health-care professional once a year. After the age of 40, a yearly mammogram is recommended.

For information about the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, go to www.PinellasHealth.com.

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