Breast, Cervical & Colon Health


Early detection is the best way to combat breast, cervical and colon cancer.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

If you are a women who is 40 to 64 years of age, with limited income and no health insurance, you may qualify for a women's health exam and mammogram.

Women who do not go for regular screenings are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of breast cancer or cervical cancer. If you put off your exam because you are low income or have no health insurance, please call Citrine Health to see if you qualify at (888) 651-8931 or Washington State Department of Health (888) 438-2247.

Colon Cancer Screening

With regular colon health screening beginning at age 50, you could save your life. Colon cancer begins as a growth that is not yet cancer. By the time you feel symtoms, colon cancer may have advanced. Colon screening can find and remove a growth, called a polyp, before it develops into cancer. Only screening can detect it early. People who eat mostly high fat food, are overweight, are smokers and do not exercise have an increase risk of colon cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance can offer more information about colon cancer.

HPV Vaccination Can Prevent Cervical Cancer

Almost all cervical cancer is caused by human papilomavirus (also known as HPV). HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection, infecting more than half of sexually active men and women at some point in their lives. Most people infected with HPV do not have any symptoms, and most HPV infections go away on their own. However, HPV can cause cervical cancer in women, and is linked to less common cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and head and neck (tongue, tonsils and throat).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that girls and young women from age 9-26 are vaccinated against HPV. The Vaccine for Children (VFC) program may cover the cost of the vaccination against HPV. Contact your healthcare provider or the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's immunization program to learn about how your adolescent can be vaccinated against HPV.

CDC has more information about What is HPV and the HPV vaccine.

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