Mississippi State Department of Health, Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
The Mississippi Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is dedicated to saving the lives of women in Mississippi by early detection of breast and cervical cancer. The program has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to provide clinical breast exams, mammography screening, diagnosis, and follow-up to women who are uninsured and medically underserved.
"The American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that women receive screening mammograms at age 40. However, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program's guidelines stipulate that at least 75% of women enrolled in the program receive a screening mammogram at age 50. The funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation helps to close the gap for women in Mississippi between the ages of 40-49 by affording them the opportunity to receive a screening mammogram, which should ultimately have a beneficial impact on breast cancer mortality and morbidity rates."
Dr. Wesley F. Prater, Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant
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