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Free Women's Cancer Screenings in Newport, Aug. 9

Free breast and cervical cancer screenings are available Saturday, August 9, 2014, to women 21 and older who are uninsured or underinsured. This screening is sponsored by the Women’s Cancer Coalition in partnership with Samaritan Health Services and the Oregon Breast & Cervical Cancer Program.

The free screening event is intended for women who have not otherwise had access to regular screenings. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Samaritan Pacific Women’s Health Group, 775 SW Ninth St., Suite H in Newport.

To register and for more information, call 541-265-3955 weekdays only. Free on-site childcare is available, as well as local transportation on the day of the event.

Participants will receive Pap/HPV tests, clinical breast exams and vouchers for free digital mammograms. Transportation vouchers for mammogram appointments will be provided by Pacific West Ambulance.

Screenings will be performed by health care providers from Samaritan Pacific Women’s Health Group. Abnormal test results will be referred to the Women’s Cancer Coalition for medical follow-up. Breast self-exam instructions, educational materials and light refreshments will also be provided at the event.

Breast cancer is the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths in women, affecting an average of one in eight women at some point in their lifetime. Early detection is vital to successful treatment. Early detection is also key to detecting changes in the cervix that can be treated before cancer develops.

The Women’s Cancer Coalition helps low-income, uninsured and underserved women in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties gain access to life-saving screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers.

Donations to the Women’s Cancer Coalition can be made through the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.