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Appointments for free mammograms still open on March 2 in Charlevoix for eligible women

(February 19, 2010) A few appointments are still available for women eligible for the Health Department's Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) on March 2, 2010 at the Charlevoix clinic. Women age 40 to 64 from Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, or Otsego counties without health insurance or without coverage for mammograms and who meet income guidelines are eligible.

"Many women are surprised at how high the income guidelines are for the BCCCP program," said Pat Fralick, Director of Family & Community Health Services for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. "They think Health Department programs are only for people with severe financial needs."

Fralick said the guidelines are based on family size. For example, a woman with a family of four can have an income up to $53,000 and qualify for BCCCP. The program includes a clinical breast exam, Pap test, mammogram, and if further testing is needed that is covered too. Cancer treatment is covered by the Medicaid Treatment Act.

"Finding cancers early, when they are very treatable, is what the BCCCP program is all about," Fralick said. "We say, 'Do it for yourself, do it for your family'."

The Health Department is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about the BCCCP program, or to schedule an appointment in Mancelona, Charlevoix, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, or Gaylord, call 800-432-4121.