Celebrate Life: schedule a breast exam

Oregon—Spring is here and with it comes signs of new life. It’s a great time to be alive. It is also a great time to schedule your annual breast exam!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. However, if it is detected early, breast cancer can be successfully treated. Routine mammograms and breast exams can detect cancer early and provide women with better treatment options and results.

Some women avoid getting regular breast and cervical exams because they do not have insurance or they have a high deductible. If you are in this situation or know someone who is, call the Ogle County Health Department to see if you qualify for a program that provides free screenings. The State of Illinois program offers mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams, and Pap tests to qualifying women. If you have already been diagnosed with cancer, you may receive free treatment if you qualify.

The Well Woman Program/Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program is administered through the Illinois Department of Public Health. You may qualify to receive free services if you are a woman: living in Illinois, without insurance, between the ages of 35 to 64 years old, and meet income guidelines. Under the current state guidelines, a single woman who makes less than $24,500 would qualify for the program.

A woman who has four people in her household could have up to $50,000 in household income. To find out if you qualify for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, call the Ogle County Health Department at (815) 732-3201, ext. 279.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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