University of Michigan Health System and Verizon offer free cervical cancer screening Nov. 5 in Flint

Free, life-saving screening key for women without health insurance

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-added 10/18/2011

Cervical cancer, a disease easily identified through painless Pap smears, is the cause of more than 11 deaths among women each day. In Michigan, where the state-wide rate of cervical cancer is consistently higher than the national rate, there is an increased need for screening programs, particularly for women who do not have health insurance.

To ensure all women have access to life-saving cervical cancer screening, the U-M Health Systemgoing to a new website and Verizon are partnering to offer free Pap testsgoing to a new website from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. Nov. 5, 2011 at the University of Michigan-Flint Urban Health and Wellness Center, 309 N. Harrison, Flint.

The U-M Health System Cervical Cancer Screening Project, which is funded by Verizon,will serve women over the age of 21 who have not had a Pap test in the last two years and do not have health insurance that covers Pap tests. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the U-M Cancer Answer Line at 1-800-865-1125.

Cervical cancer, caused by pre-cancerous diseases that are detectible by Pap smears, is 100 percent treatable if found early. However, many women do not have access to screening programs that can detect.

"Cervical cancer is almost totally preventable, but prevention and screening are not adequately in place," says Timothy Johnson, M.D.going to a new website, Chair of the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecologygoing to a new website. "We know that screening with Pap smears is effective, but too many women who need this screening are not able to access it. Our key focus, then, needs to optimize education and access."

While screening is important for all women over the age of 21, it's critical for Hispanic and African-American women between 30-55 years old who are at highest risk of developing cervical cancer.

Current guidelines suggest that women should be screened yearly starting at age 21 or three years after the onset of sexual activity.

Cervical Cancer Screening Event Information

Free Cervical Cancer Screening
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: U-M Flint Urban Health and Wellness Center, 1153 William S. White Building, 309 N Harrison, Flint, MI. Get directions to the U-M Flint Urban Health and Wellness Centergoing to a new website.

The Verizon Foundationgoing to a new website made a generous grant to University of Michigan Health System so that this service can be provided free-of-charge.

To make an appointment for this free cervical cancer screening, please call: 1-800-865-1125.

For more information about the Gynecologic Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Health System, which provides diagnosis and treatment to those with cervical cancer, visit: http://www.uofmhealth.org/medical-services/gynecologic+cancergoing to a new website.

Written by: Lauren McLeod: lemcleod@umich.edu; 734-764-2220

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