According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Fulton County.Â Regular breast cancer screenings (a mammogram every one to two years for women over the age of 40) can reduce can reduce deaths from this condition.
Every year, approximately 120 women from Fulton County lose their lives from breast cancer.Â A disproportionate number of deaths occur among women from minority or low-income groups.Â The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Womenâ€™s Health encourages all women to take control to beat the odds of becoming a statistic.Â
Â â€śOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time we all can encourage the women we care about to take control by getting screened,â€ť stated Dr. Patrice A. Harris, Director of Fulton County Health Services.Â â€śWe provide free clinical breast screenings in our health centers and if needed, we refer women for further testing.Â Fulton residents have access to preventive care to protect their health and lives.â€ť
Fulton Countyâ€™s Division of Womenâ€™s Health program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is available at seven health centers.Â The program provides breast exams, breast education, and a referral for a mammogram to eligible women at no cost.Â To be eligible, women must:
- be a Fulton County resident
- be uninsured
- be income eligible
- be 40 to 64 years of age
- had her last mammogram more than a year ago
Women between the ages of 35-39, who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer and are currently experiencing breast problems, may be able to receive services through this program.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program locations:
- Adamsville Health Center - 3699 Bakers Ferry Rd., SW, Atlanta, 404-699-4215Â Â Â Â Â Â
- Center Hill Health Center - 3201 Atlanta Indus. Pkwy., Atlanta, 404-699-6370
- Willie J. Freeman College Park Regional Health Center -1920 John E. Wesley Ave., College Park, 404-765-4155
- Lakewood Health Center - 1853 Jonesboro Rd., SE, Atlanta, 404-624-0626
- Center for Health and Rehabilitation â€“ 265 Boulevard., NE, Atlanta, 404-730-5835
- North Fulton Regional Health Center â€“ 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, 404-332-1834
Scheduling an appointment is easy; just call the Fulton County Women's Health program at (404) 730-1640.Â For additional information about the program, log-on to www.fultoncountygahealth.org.