NH DHHS - Program Offers FREE Breast Cancer Screenings to Women Who Meet Eligibility Criteria

Concord, NH – October is a great time for women to schedule a mammogram, as

this is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to

increase awareness about the importance of early detection of breast

cancer. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Let No Woman Be Overlooked

program provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women who

meet screening guidelines, live in NH, are between the ages of 21-64, are

uninsured or underinsured, and have a limited income.

“Early Detection through breast cancer screening is a priority in NH and at

the Division of Public Health Services,” said Public Health Director Dr.

José Montero. “It’s important that women talk with their health care

provider and schedule regular mammograms. Regular screenings can help

detect cancer at an early stage when it might be more easily treated.

Currently in New Hampshire there are more than 25 health facilities that

offer free mammograms through the Let No Women Be Overlooked Program.”

From July of 2011 through June of 2012, the Let No Woman Be Overlooked,

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) enrolled over 4,600 women for

free screening mammograms and diagnostic services. Since screening began

in 1997, the BCCP has screened more than 25,000 women. Having regular

mammograms, following national screening guidelines, can detect breast

cancer at an early stage, and lead to an easier course of treatment.

Many women are not aware that if they meet the age and income criteria they

can receive FREE breast and cervical cancer screening in New Hampshire

through the Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program. To determine if you or

someone you know is eligible call 1-800-852-3345, X 4931 or visit the DHHS

website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/bccp/index.htm