We all have a friend or family member who waits too long to go to the doctor. This can happen for a number of reasons, but no one should have to forgo necessary, preventative medical care based on a lack of ability to pay. A recent public awareness campaign hopes to ensure that fewer Cuyahoga County women will skip their annual screenings.
Beginning in May of this year, Cuyahoga County Board of Health and The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project Northeast Ohio launched a new campaign, My Body Matters, to reduce breast and cervical cancers and increase the number of screenings provided to eligible women in Northeast Ohio.
The program offers free services to eligible women between the ages of 21 and 64 in the 18-county Northeast Ohio region who are underinsured and fall at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. My Body Matters encompasses the following counties: Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne.
Free services include: pelvic exams, pap tests, clinical breast exams, mammograms, case management and diagnostic testing (including biopsy and ultrasound as needed).
My Body Matters is a program of The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project Northeast Ohio which aims to:
- Increase breast and cervical screening rates
- Reduce the number of breast and cervical cancers
- Reduce incidence and mortality disparities by race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, geographic isolation and medically underserved groups
- Biennial screening mammography for women age 50 to 74 years
- Screening for cervical cancer in women age 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or,
- For women age 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years
To apply, women can visit the My Body Matters website to complete an online or printable PDF application. Women can also call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2000 or the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project Hotline at 1-800-443-2168 to find out if they are eligible to receive free services.