Breast & Cervical Health
Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up. Click here for more information about cervical cancer prevention.
Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early:
- The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for abnormal cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately. The Pap test is recommended for all women between the ages of 21 and 65 years old and can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic. The MN Sage program helps provide free testing for qualified women 40 to 64.
- The HPV test looks for the virus (human papillomavirus) that can cause these cell changes. Ask your provider about The HPV Vaccine to protect you and your children from cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. All women need to be informed by their healthcare provider about the best screening options. Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
Click here for more information on the importance of breast cancer screening.
MN SAGE Program
The Sage Screening Program helps keep Minnesotans healthy through screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancers. Screenings are provided at participating locations free of charge to people who qualify.
Contact the SAGE case manager with questions about cervical and breast cancer screening and how to enroll in the program.
Julisa Rios. (651) 602-7598