Women, put yourselves first this Mother’s Day by finding out if you qualify for a free mammogram and pap test, courtesy of the Florida Department of Health.

The cancer-detecting screenings are available from the Seminole Health Department, but otherwise, qualified women up to age 65 with little or no health insurance can get them free statewide from the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

In Broward County, DOH-Broward and Holy Cross Hospital are offering a special free screening event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5, 2018. The free screenings will be offered at Holy Cross Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at 1000 NE 56 Street, Fort Lauderdale.

Women can qualify for the DOH screenings if they do not have coverage or their insurance does not fully cover the tests. They can also receive free clinical breast exams and breast health information.
In Broward, qualified women ages 50 to 64 will be screened by DOH, which partners with many agencies to provide free mammograms and pap tests throughout the community year-round.

Qualified women under age 50 will be screened by Holy Cross, which is among several agencies in the community that offer free mammograms funded by organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

An annual mammogram has been identified as a strong way to detect breast cancer, and the pap test is a reliable way to detect cervical cancer.

For more information, contact the Seminole Health Department at 954-962-2009. To learn if you qualify for free screenings in Hollywood, or to register, call DOH-Broward at 954-762-3649. Brighton, Immokalee and Big Cypress residents should call DOH-Manatee at 943-861-2676. Fort Pierce residents, call DOH-Brevard at 321-984-4702. Tampa residents, call DOH-Hillsborough at 813-307-8041.

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