To recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Leavitt’s Mill Health Center in Buxton in partnership with Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC), is hosting a women’s health screening day on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Appointments will be taken between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Women will be provided with a free clinical exam by a nurse practitioner, a PAP test and a mammogram. The clinical exams and pap tests will be performed at Leavitt’s Mill Health Center. Mammograms will be provided directly after the exam at SMMC’s Diagnostic and Therapy Center in Saco.

Screening tests and medical exams will be provided at no cost to women who are:

• between the ages of 30* and 64

• have no insurance, or have insurance with a high deductible or which does not cover the cost of the tests

• meet certain income guidelines

To be eligible, women in their 30s must be at higher risk of breast cancer due to family breast cancer or personal history of breast biopsies. Women 40 – 64 do not need to be at high risk to participate. Women who have MaineCare, or Medicare Parts A and B are not eligible.

Registration is required. Please call 283-7685 to see if you qualify and to schedule a time.

Screening services are funded by the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, a collaborative effort of the DHHS, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the CDC.

Screenings for women in their 30s are funded by the Maine Affiliate of the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Program is administered by SMMC Visiting Nurses.

A Closer Look

• Women in the US have a 13 percent – or 1 in 8 – lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer increases as women grow older, with most breast cancer (78%) occurring in women age 50 and older.

• Some women believe that they are not at risk because they do not have a family history of breast cancer. However, nearly 80 percent of women who get breast do not have a relative who had the disease.

• In Maine alone, almost 1,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 200 are expected to die from it.

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