Show Me Healthy Women Program

Getting regular screening tests is key to detecting cancer early when it is most treatable.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

Starting at age 20 (in most cases) CBE is performed by a health care provider during routine physical or wellness exams. The provider will carefully feel each breast and underarm for changes or abnormalities. He/she will also visually inspect your breasts in different positions (arms above head, lying down, sitting up, etc.)

Breast- Self Exam (BSE)

Performing monthly BSE’s will help you become more familiar with the way your breasts normally look and feel. This may aid in early detection of breast cancer if you notice a change in your breast.

Mammography

Mammography is the best screening tool to detect breast cancer. It uses x-rays to create the image of the breast in which dense mass tissue or clusters can be seen. A mammogram can pick up small lumps that may be too small to feel. This procedure is usually done every year beginning at age 40, unless otherwise recommended by your physician.

Click to here learn “What to expect at a Mammogram”

Pelvic Exams and Pap Smears

A pelvic exam is performed to do a pap smear, to prepare for some types of birth control, or to evaluate a problem. The pelvic exam may have three main parts — inspection, speculum exam, and bimanual exam –which take a total of 3 to 10 minutes to complete. The Pap smear is a screening test for cancer of the cervix, and for changes of the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer.  Routine screening is done every 3 years, beginning at age 21 and going until age 65.

Show Me Healthy Women

This program provides free pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams, and mammograms for women that meet eligibility requirements.

The requirements are based on age and income.

Click here for information on eligibility requirements  or contact the clinic at (660)665-8491 to see if you are eligible for the Show Me Healthy Women Program.

 

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