Breast Cancer Screening
Numerous studies have clearly shown that getting a mammogram and a breast exam reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer. Breast cancers found during a mammogram are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. Finding breast cancer early (called early detection) can improve the chances that breast cancer can be treated successfully and with more treatment options, less extensive surgery, and ultimately, better treatment outcomes.
Who Should Get Screened?
The American Cancer Society’s current Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines recommend:
- Yearly mammograms at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
- Breast exam about every 3 years for women in their 20’s and 30’s and every year for women 40 and over
- All women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and should report ANY breast change promptly to their doctor or nurse
What We Offer
The Belmont County Health Department offers an income-based manual breast exam for women who are 50 years of age and older. You still may qualify if you are younger than 50 and are not interested in family planning services. Appointments are necessary and are $20.00. If you are interested please call 740.695.1202.