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During the month of February, Larry Bergner, Regional Administrative Director for the Rogers County Health Department wants to remind women in Rogers County to get screened for breast and cervical cancer. Oklahoma’s late stage cancer rate is declining at a much slower rate when compared nationally. In the U.S., the percentage of late stage breast cancer diagnosis is 26% and cervical cancer is 17%. In Oklahoma, the percentage of late stage breast cancer diagnosis is 29% and cervical cancer is 53%. In addition, the mortality rate for women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer in Oklahoma is higher than the national average. Women are encouraged to receive regular screening for these conditions.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Oklahoma women and is the leading cause of cancer death among women. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women 50-74 years of age should have a mammogram every 2 years.
Due to advanced detection and treatment, there is no longer any reason why women should die from cervical cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women 30 to 65 years of age receive a Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years, or a Pap test every 3 years.
Mr. Bergner wants to remind women in Rogers County that there are multiple opportunities to get screened for breast and cervical cancer in Rogers County. Breast and cervical cancer screenings are covered through some insurance companies without a co-pay. Rogers County Health Department urges you to call your healthcare provider and schedule your appointment today! If a woman does not have health insurance coverage for breast and cervical cancer screenings, they may qualify for free breast and cervical cancer screenings through the Take Charge! Program. Women who are low income, not insured and between the ages of 50-64 should call 1.888.669.5934 and talk to the Take Charge! Patient Navigator to find out if they qualify for free screenings.