Date of Release: January 3, 2012 For Further Information Please Call:
Public Health Educator
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
The Onondaga County Cancer Services Program (CSP) offers free Pap tests for women ages 40 and older who do not have health insurance. Some women may believe they do not need regular Pap tests if they are finished having children or are no longer sexually active. However, it is important for women between the ages of 30 and 65 to have regular Pap tests.
Early detection is the key to preventing cervical cancer. A woman’s chance of developing cervical cancer can be increased by certain factors such as smoking, having many sexual partners, or having a weakened immune system. There are often no symptoms during the early stages of cervical cancer, making routine Pap tests extremely important.
The CSP also provides free breast exams and mammograms for women 40 years and older who do not have health insurance. In addition, free colorectal cancer screening is available for women and men ages 50 and older who do not have health insurance. These services are available at private health care provider offices throughout the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Please call 435-3653 today to make your appointment!