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SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN

Program Eligibility:

  • Uninsured women ages 40 or older (or younger, if family history/or palpable finding) are eligible for breast cancer screenings
  • Uninsured women ages 40 or older are eligible for cervical cancer screenings
  • Uninsured women ages 50 or older are eligible for colon cancer screenings

Reimbursable Screening Services:

Clinical Breast Exam

A clinical breast exam (CBE) is an examination of your breasts by a health professional such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, or physician assistant. For this exam, you undress from the waist up. The health professional will first look at your breasts for abnormalities in size or shape, or changes in the skin of the breasts or nipples. Then, using the pads of the fingers, the examiner will gently feel (palpate) your breasts.

Special attention will be given to the shape and texture of the breasts, location of any lumps, and whether such lumps are attached to the skin or to deeper tissues. The area under both arms will also be examined.

Mammogram

A mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast that’s used to detect and evaluate breast changes. Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms usually involve two x-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. The x-ray images make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. Screening mammograms can also find microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer.

Pap Test

The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for cancers and precancers in the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina). Precancers are cell changes that might become cancer if they are not treated the right way. Most health insurance plans must cover Pap tests or cervical cancer screening at no cost to you.

FIT Kit

Fecal Immunochemical Test The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a newer kind of stool test that also detects occult (hidden) blood in the stool. This detection is important because it can be a sign of precancerous polyps or colon cancer. Blood vessels at the surface of larger polyps or cancers are often fragile and easily damaged by passing stool. The damaged blood vessels usually release a small amount of blood into the stool, but only rarely is there enough bleeding to be visible in the stool, which is why these tests are helpful.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a long, flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny camera on one end, called a colonoscope or scope, to look inside the rectum and entire colon. Colonoscopy can show irritated and swollen tissue, ulcers, and polyps—extra pieces of tissue that grow on the lining of the intestine. A gastroenterologist—a doctor who specializes in digestive diseases—performs this procedure

During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be taken out. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).

Please call 716-858-7376 if you have any questions about breast, cervical or colon cancer screening and to see if you are eligible for this program.

SCREENINGS FOR MEN

Early detection saves live, get screened today!

Call to get an easy, private take home test kit. The test is free and available to uninsured men ages 50 or older.

Program Eligibility:

  • Uninsured men ages 50 or older (or younger, if family history) are eligible for colon cancer screenings

Reimbursable Screening Services:

FIT Kit

Fecal Immunochemical Test The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a newer kind of stool test that also detects occult (hidden) blood in the stool. This detection is important because it can be a sign of precancerous polyps or colon cancer. Blood vessels at the surface of larger polyps or cancers are often fragile and easily damaged by passing stool. The damaged blood vessels usually release a small amount of blood into the stool, but only rarely is there enough bleeding to be visible in the stool, which is why these tests are helpful.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a long, flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny camera on one end, called a colonoscope or scope, to look inside the rectum and entire colon. Colonoscopy can show irritated and swollen tissue, ulcers, and polyps—extra pieces of tissue that grow on the lining of the intestine. A gastroenterologist—a doctor who specializes in digestive diseases—performs this procedure

During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be taken out. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).

Please call 716-858-7376 if you have any questions about colon cancer screening and to see if you are eligible for this program.

DIAGNOSTICS

Cancer Services Program will pay for additional testing needed for the diagnosis of conditions related to the screening test.

MEDICAID CANCER TREATMENT PROGRAM (MCTP)

The Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program is a Medicaid program for eligible persons who are found to be in need of treatment for breast, cervical, colorectal or prostate cancer (and in some cases pre-cancerous conditions of these cancers). Once an individual is enrolled in the MCTP, full Medicaid coverage is provided for an initial period of enrollment as determined by the type of cancer being treated. Recertification is required at predetermined intervals, if the individual is still in need of treatment, at which time eligibility is reassessed. Enrollees must receive services from a Medicaid enrolled provider in order to have their services covered. For more information about MCTP eligibility, please call 1-866-442-2262.

“Know and Go”

No Insurance? No Problem!

KNOW…mammograms save lives. KNOW…high quality care is close to home So…GO to the phone and call (716) 858-7376!

Free mammograms, PAP and Colon Cancer testing for the uninsured.