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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care. It also can be cured when found early and treated. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.

HPV is very common in the United States and is passed from one person to another during sex. It is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer. Talk to your health care provider about whether the HPV test is right for you. If you or someone you know has limited income and are uninsured and would like to be screened for cervical cancer call 1-800-852-3345 ext 4931 to see if you qualify.

For more information go to: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/cervicalcancer/

Cancer PatientNew Hampshire's Let No Woman Be Overlooked Breast and Cervical Cancer Program plans, promotes and implements programs of education and screening to reduce the mortality rates, through early detection, of breast and cervical cancer among NH women.

This mission is carried out statewide through a comprehensive program which addresses:

  • Screening
  • Public education
  • Coalition building
  • Quality assurance
  • Case management
  • Professional education

The Let No Woman Be Overlooked program provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women age 21-64 who have no health insurance or have insurance that does not pay for screening tests and with family incomes at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Income guidelines are updated each year in February. The screenings are offered at many health care sites including NH hospitals and physician offices.

The program offers eligible participants access to the following services:

  • Women's Health Exam
  • Mammography
  • Pap Test
  • Pelvic Exam

Cervical cancer screening is mainly for women who have never had a Pap test or have not had one in over 5 years. Mammography screening is mainly for women age 50-64.

You may either call (800) 852-3345, ext. 4931, or call a local screening site Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol if you think you qualify.

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

  • Biennial mammogram for women 50 and older.
  • Women under age 50 should talk with their health care provider about when to start biennial mammography screening.
  • Breast check at annual health care visit.

Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Women age 21+ years and older:

  • Women 21-64 : Screening with a Pap test every 3 years, OR
    Women 30-64 : Screening with a Pap test and HPV test every 5 years.

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