Low-cost services are available in Cherokee County to women seeking affordable health care options for mammograms and PAP tests.
“(Breast cancer) a serious issue that takes the lives of too many woman, but more importantly, it's not something you have to live with, we can eliminate it. If we can eliminate a major health issue, why would we not throw all our major resources behind that?” asked Chris Taylor, Executive Director of Cherokee County Public Heath.
The department offers breast and cervical cancer screenings, for which women who meet age and financial need requirements can receive a PAP test or a mammogram for low cost.
An estimated 400 women utilized the program last year, and because extra funding through state grants is available in 2012, “we can help any woman who is from the state of Texas, though we try to focus on those from Cherokee County,” Taylor said.
Public Health officials arrange appointment with a provider – usually a hospital – for the exam, and covers partial costs.
“This program makes it possible (for them to receive the care they need) without burdening hospital systems with uncompensated care,” he said.
Texas Oncology Tyler offes a support grooup that meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at noon in the Boardroom. Call 903.579.9800 for more information.
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