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Health Department has added incentive to do annual screen screening

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Cynthia Brown, health educator

 If you are a woman age 40-64, have never had a mammogram or have not had one in the past five years, YOU ARE WANTED!

The Bullitt County Health Department (BCHD) with the help of a Komen Foundation grant is offering incentives to women who schedule an appointment for an annual cancer screening.

To receive the Kroger gift card (good for food or gas) and the 2012, faux leather-bound pocket calendar you must be

* between the age of 40-64, 

* have not had a mammogram in the past five years, or 

* have never had one 

Here’s what you can do:

* call 502-543-2415 or 955-7837 and schedule your appointment,

* show up for your appointment, 

* If you meet the above requirements, upon check out, you will receive your gift card and pocket calendar. (This offer runs through Dec 31, 2011.)

BCHD is encouraging women to get screened during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, especially women who’ve never been screened for breast cancer or have gone five years or more since their last screening.

“Early detection is so important for successful treatment of breast cancer,” said Dr. Swannie Jett, BCHD Director. “We have come so far in the past decade in terms of treatment and survival rate, but there are still many women in Kentucky who aren’t getting regular screenings and the care they need.”

The incidence rate of Breast Cancer in Bullitt County is higher than that of the State as a whole. (178.5 per 100,000 population vs. 145.7 per 100,000 respectively.) What is alarming is the increased rate from 93.0 in 2005 to the current rate of 178.5 in Bullitt County.

There is a cancer-screening program offering free or reduced-cost cancer screenings (mammogram and Pap test) to women in this age group in Kentucky. A quick call to any health department can determine if you qualify for the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program (KWCSP). To qualify for the program, women must be uninsured with incomes less than 250 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

Early detection and prompt treatment can significantly reduce suffering and death from breast cancer. 

By law, all health plans must cover mammograms. Medical guidelines strongly recommend that women older than 40 have annual mammograms and women younger than 40 with a family history of breast cancer also have regular screenings.