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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 trea
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