Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings Offered This Week

Dr. John Taylor

Free Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer screenings are scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday in Knox. The first screening will be at Dr. Browne’s office from 1-5 p.m. CT and will be conducted by Nurse Practitioners Jennifer Frasure and Erin Duff. The second screening will be held in the office of Indiana University Health physician Dr. Lyjia Strachan, OB/GYN on Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. CT.

Dr. John Taylor, another IU Health Starke Hospital OB/GYN, said pap tests and screenings for cervical cancer are important.

“If you are low risk, you should have a pap test every one to two years,” said Dr. Taylor. “If you are at high risk, if you have multiple sexual partners, if you are HIV positive, if you have immune problems, then you should be screened more frequently.”

He added that 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the United States. One in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Pre-registration for these free screening is required. Call 219-326-2073 to pre-register today. The screenings are funded by the Starke Health Fund, which is administered through the LaPorte Hospital Foundation.