Free Women's Health Screenings

It's a special once-a-year event. Taylor County women received free pap smears and mammograms from the Taylor County Health Department Wednesday.

Glenda Ann Lollie says she's grateful for the opportunity.

Glenda says, "I just heard about the program and thought I'd take advantage of the program. I have diabetes and high blood pressure."

Wednesday's day-long event is a part of Florida's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, or the Mary Brogan Act.

The program provides reduced cost, or free mammograms, clinical breast exams and pap smears to low-income, uninsured women between the ages of 50 and 64.

Carol Lavin, a nurse practitioner for the Taylor County Heath Department, says, "This age group is critical because they are at higher risk for disease from cancer and often fall into groups that have no health insurance coverage for these procedures."

Breast cancer is the number one most diagnosed cancer this year in Georgia and number two in Florida.

Medical experts recommend clinical examinations at least once a year to protect women through early detection and early treatment. Bone density screening was also available at Wednesday's cancer screening event.