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By Maggie Hall, Public Information, DOH-Pinellas

September 25, 2019

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is spotlighting Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by educating women about the role of prevention to fight cancer.

DOH-Pinellas’ Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides women ages 50-64 with lifesaving mammography and cervical cancer screenings. During the past year, the program exceeded its goal of 1,050 screenings by providing lifesaving exams to 1,100 women. Each year, a number of women who would not have been screened are diagnosed with cancer in time to receive treatment via Medicaid.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the U.S., and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. When to start mammogram screenings, and how often to repeat them, is a decision for a woman and her doctor, based on her health history, her risk factors and the current recommendations of professional medical organizations.

During October, some facilities offer mammograms at reduced rates to encourage women to be screened. A reduced-rate mammogram may not always be the best option. If an issue is detected in a woman who is uninsured, there aren’t many options for further testing or treatment. A screening by a State of Florida program would provide more options if the patient is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Women can call (727) 824-6917 for information about screenings. For information and an online application, go to

For information about DOH-Pinellas, go to or follow us on Twitter @HealthyPinellas.

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