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Every Woman Should Know About These 2 Tests

Take the time to care for yourself and those who need you. Your healthcare provider wants you to have these tests regularly:

Screening means checking for health problems before they cause symptoms. Your chances of successful treatment are better when cancer or other abnormal conditions are found early.

Pap Test: Women should have regular Pap tests to find changes in the cervix before they turn into cancer. It is a simple test used to look at cells collected from the cervix. To learn more about cervical cancer screening, visit Cervical Cancer: Screening Can Save Lives.

Mammogram: Women over 40 should have regular mammograms, or x-ray of the breast, to look for breast changes or cancer. To learn more about breast cancer screening, visit Breast Cancer: Screening Can Save Lives.

Where can you get breast and cervical cancer screening?

Ask your healthcare provider or local health clinic for the screening site nearest you.
Stanford Hospital patients can contact the Stanford Referral Center, by calling 1-800-756-9000, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or sending an email to Referrals [referral].

Call the Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts at 1-800-511-2300.
Every Woman Counts provides low-income women access to screening, diagnostic and follow-up services for breast and cervical cancer. Services are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Korean, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where can I find more information about breast and cervical screenings?

To learn more about breast and cervical cancer and how to be screened, visit:

National Cancer Institute at

NCI Cancer Information Service (CIS): Trained information specialists can answer your questions about cancer and provide print and electronic NCI publications. Service is available in English and Spanish on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Call toll free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or 1-800-332-8615 (TTY for the hearing and speech impaired). Callers also have the option of listening to recorded information about cancer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To get live, online assistance from an NCI Information Specialist, visit LiveHelp.

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