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NH DHHS “Let No Woman Be Overlooked” Cancer Screening Program Recognizes Manchester Community Health Center as Partner of the Year
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Publish Date:
October 31, 2017

Manchester, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has recognized the Manchester Community Health Center as its 2017 Partner of the Year, for its outstanding contributions in supporting the early detection of breast cancer.

MCHC has provided mammograms and Pap tests to more than 3,100 women who met recommended screening guidelines, and has helped to detect breast cancer among twenty women who went on to receive free treatment. In partnership with DHHS, MCHC has a Community Health Worker on staff that encourages women in the Manchester area to get screened and assists them with securing screening appointments.

“There are more than 25 health facilities in NH offering free mammograms through the ‘Let No Woman Be Overlooked’ program, and we rely on these providers to help find breast cancer at the earliest stage possible,” said DPHS Director Lisa Morris. “Treatment is more likely to be successful when breast cancer is detected early, and we value our partnership with Manchester Community Health Center as we focus on helping patients break down barriers to care.”

Having regular mammograms and following national screening guidelines can detect breast cancer at an early stage, and lead to an easier course of treatment. Since 1997, the DPHS Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) has led the “Let No Woman Be Overlooked” program, which offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings statewide through a network of healthcare centers, including community health centers and hospital-based practices. Health centers participating in the program provide high quality care coordination to support women through the cancer screening process and to complete diagnostics if needed. Women screened by the program who are diagnosed with cancer are helped to enroll in Medicaid to reduce financial barriers to accessing timely treatment.

Between July 2016 and June 2017, more than 1,700 women enrolled in the “Let No Woman Be Overlooked” program, which provided free cancer screenings and more than 1,000 free mammograms and diagnostic services. Since screening began in 1997, the BCCP has screened more than 31,000 women, helping to diagnose 600 breast cancers among women in New Hampshire and led patients to successful treatment.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign organized by major breast cancer foundations and advocacy organizations to increase awareness about the importance of early detection. The United States Preventive Services Taskforce recommends screening every two years for women ages 50 to 74, with an average risk for breast cancer. DPHS recommends that women speak with their health care provider to determine whether or not screening is right for them.

For women who are uninsured or who can’t afford screening, assistance is available. The NH DPHS Healthy Lives Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers FREE screening to women who qualify based on insurance status and income. For more information, call 1-800-852-3345, ext. 4931 or call a local screening site Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to find out if you qualify.

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