OKLAHOMA CITY – Nine health clinics in Oklahoma City are offering appointments until Christmas for qualifying patients needing free breast and cervical cancer screenings. The clinics are part of the Take Charge! program at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing.
“Women often take care of everyone else in their families and don’t take care of themselves. This is a chance to do something meaningful,” said Jennifer Stammer, coordinator of the Take Charge! program at the OU College of Nursing. “Take Charge is a free service for women who don’t have insurance in Oklahoma, but want to receive cancer screenings as part of their health care. Regular screenings for cancer and other diseases are vital for women, especially since finding cancer in its earliest stages can mean the difference between life and death.”
The Take Charge! program is Oklahoma’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. It is funded in part by a $200,000 grant from the Central Oklahoma Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Take Charge! Clinics Offered in November and December by OU College of Nursing:
OU College of Nursing
1100 N Stonewall Ave., Room 232
Crossings Community Clinic
2208 W Hefner Rd.
Latina – Ramirez Center
222 NW 12
OU College of Nursing
ROC Medical Center
7710 NW 10
Baptist Community Clinic
Olivet Baptist Church
1201 NW 10
Dr. Bruce Bell’s Office
4200 S May Ave.
Clinica de la Mujer Latina
420 SW 10
OU Breast Institute
OU Physician’s Building
825 NE 10, Suite 3500
Call 271-2124 to make an appointment or for more information.
For 2009, there are new requirements for the Take Charge! program. They are listed below:
Ages 50 – 64 (Will receive an annual free mammogram and a free pap test every two years)
Ages 40 – 49 (Must have breast symptoms to be seen)
Ages 35 – 49 (Must not have had a pap test in the last 5 years in order to be seen)
Ages 35 – 49 (Must have had a hysterectomy due to cervical cancer or pre-cancer to be seen)
Women must not have insurance or have insurance with a high deductible. In addition, they must not be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
Women must earn only 185 percent or below of the federal poverty level.
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