Cervical and breast cancer can be detected in the early stages through regular screenings. These serious health conditions can also be stopped or prevented to a certain extent with the help of an efficient treatment plan. Community health care providers advise women to get screened regularly because women who have not screened for breast and cervical cancer will not be able to know whether they have cancer or not.

You should take note of the fact that all types of insurance are now covering breast and cervical cancer screenings. So make sure to book an appointment at any one of the low income health clinics near your area and get screened as soon as possible. This is because if you develop a careful treatment plan with your care provider at the early stages of the disease, then you will be able to stop the growth of cancer before it becomes more severe.

If you have already booked an appointment to a woman’s health clinics, then you might be wondering what you should ask your care provider. To help you out, here are a few questions that you should ask your health care provider before you get a breast or cervical cancer screening.

  • What happens during the breast or cervical cancer screening?
  • How often should I get screened?
  • When will I learn about the results of the screening test?
  • When should I schedule my next screening?
  • What should I do if I get screened positively?
  • What are my risks of getting cervical or breast cancer?

Seeking answers to these questions would not only help you understand the process better, but also aid the community care provider in drafting a better health care plan for you.

You might be familiar with the term mammogram, which is actually a low dose X-Ray of your breast. Care providers use mammograms to check for early signs of breast cancer in a patient. If there are any early signs of breast cancer, then the care providers at the clinic will advise you to start a treatment plan.

Make sure to work closely with your care provider and share your concerns with them. If you are not happy with the kind of treatment plan, then ask them to make any changes in the treatment regime, if necessary.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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