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Free Upcoming Program Scheduled to Help Remove Barriers To Early Cervical and Breast Cancer Diagnosis for Local Women
Date:9/24/2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A free "See, Test and Treat" breast and cervical cancer screening program sponsored by the NorthPoint Heath & Wellness Center, the College of American Pathologists, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) - Minnesota Affiliate, will be held at the North Point Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis, Minn. on October 6, 7, and 8. Appointments are being scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day by area community health representatives and other staff members.

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Language interpreters will be onsite to help patients on Wednesday, October 7 (Spanish) and on Thursday, October 8 (Hmong.) To register, call 612-767-9164 (English,) 612-767-9162 (Spanish,) and 612-767-9168 (Hmong.) Walk-ins are also welcome.

"Cancer survival rates are directly related to the stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis, so it's important to remove all barriers to early diagnosis and treatment for all women," said Bradley M. Linzie, MD, FCAP, a pathologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. "This 'See, Test and Treat' program will provide immediate breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and follow-up treatment, as needed, for local women who are uninsured or underinsured."

This is the fourth See, Test and Treat event at the North Point Health and Wellness Center. The first was held in McLaughlin, S.D., in October 2001.

During the visit, women will be given a pelvic exam, along with a Pap test to detect any potential early signs of cervical cancer, and a mammogram for early detection of breast cancer. They will then receive their results in a private setting that same day, and appropriate information or treatment during the same visit.

Traditional screening procedures would have women visit health care professionals twice - once to get examined and once for follow-up care. Factors such as poor access to transportation, lack of child care, inability to take time off from a job, and other issues present barriers to women in getting the care they need.

"By removing these barriers and using a one-stop, See, Test and Treat model of cancer screening, we hope to reduce the rate of cervical and breast cancer in women in this area," Dr. Linzie said.

Pathologists recommend that any woman who is older than 21 or who is sexually active should have regular Pap tests. The Pap test is a quick and simple procedure that could change a woman's life. In addition, the CAP agrees with the recommendations of the American Cancer Society that all women 40 years and older should have annual mammograms, based on their physician's recommendation.

While all women 20 and older should conduct a breast self-exam every month, women between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a clinical breast exam every three years and should begin having clinical breast exams every year when they turn 40.

The College of American Pathologists supports efforts to expand cervical cancer screening programs to include currently underserved populations of women in the United States. The College also recognizes that the lack of access to health care for low income adults and children is a significant societal problem, especially as it relates to important diagnostic and screening tests and tests related to disease treatment. As an organization of physicians acutely interested in the well-being of patients, the CAP supports efforts, such as the See, Test and Treat events, to find balanced, realistic and achievable means to expand health care coverage to uninsured Americans.

See, Test and Treat is sponsored by the College of American Pathologists, the North Point Health and Wellness Center, Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) - Minnesota Affiliate, the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, and a coalition of pathologists, cytotechnologists, obstetricians/gynecologists, health care providers and other medical professionals in the Minneapolis area. The goals of the program are to encourage healthy behavior, and to have both testing and follow-up done in a single visit.

The "See, Test and Treat Single Visit Cervical and Breast Cancer Prevention Program" is funded by the College of American Pathologists, North Point Health and Wellness Center, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) - Minnesota Affiliate.

Hologic is donating a Thin Prep machine and supplies. Local businesses will provide small gifts for all women who participate in the program.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) - Minnesota Affiliate--along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources--is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. We join more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure(R), we have invested over $28 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in the state of Minnesota. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Minnesota Affiliate stay in the state of Minnesota. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Grants Program for energizing science to find the cures. Join us by calling 952-746-1760 or visiting us online at www.komenminnesota.org.

CONTACT: Phil Hernandez, NorthPoint Health

and Wellness Center, 612-287-2136 or

Julie Monzo, College of American

Pathologists, 800-323-4040 ext. 7538 or

David Egan, Susan G. Komen for the

Cure(R) - Minnesota Affiliate, 952-746-1760


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