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Flagler Health Department Offering Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings

By Gretchen Smith

October 22, 2018

Bunnell, Fla.— Even though October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is winding down, Flagler County's Department of Health works year-round to make sure more women in Flagler County are getting lifesaving screenings.

The department offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women ages 50-64 as part of the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP). “Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among American women,” said Health Officer Robert Snyder of the Florida Department of Health-Flagler (DOH-Flagler). “As proponents of improving and supporting the overall health of our community, DOH-Flagler is honored to participate in Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. We share the program’s commitment to educating and raising awareness about breast and cervical cancer through community education and outreach, early detection, and treatment, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of deaths associated with breast and cervical cancer.

The FBCCEDP program makes it easier for uninsured women to get breast and cervical cancer screenings. In most cases, the screenings are free or low cost, provided the patient meets simple eligibility requirements. Funding is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Screenings, which include a clinical breast exam, pap tests and a referral for a mammogram, are free if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Women age 50 through 64

  • No insurance of any kind (including Medicaid, Medicare and third party)

  • Limited Income – Self declared – no verification necessary

  • Pre-screen over the phone or walk-in at DOH-Flagler

Clients are seen in most cases within one week. DOH-Flagler has availability for 20 clients a month through the program. Women under 50 with a family history of breast cancer and/or suspicion of a lump may also be eligible.

Please call 386-437-7350, ext. 3111, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information and with questions about eligibility.

Those with private health insurance (not Florida Medicaid) should see their primary care physician.

For more information about Cancer visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/cancer/breast-cancer/bccedp.html 

Please call the DOH-Flagler County at 386-437-7350 for more information.
 
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For information about the Florida Department of Health in Flagler, go to flagler.floridahealth.gov, call 386-437-7350, or visit 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.