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  • Health Centers offer free cancer screenings

    Two local community health centers prvided free breast and cervical cancer screenings this month for individuals ages 21-64 with no health insurance or whose insurance that doesn’t pay for screening tests.

     

    The screenings were done at Families First Health Center in Portsmouth on Monday, June 27, and at Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth on Tuesday, June 28.

     

    The screenings included Pap tests and breast exams, with referrals for free mammograms. Screenings are encouraged for those who have not had a Pap test in more than three years (or have never had one) and/or have not had a breast exam in the past year.

     

    Regular screenings and follow-up care can help prevent or more effectively treat breast and cervical cancers. A screening test looks for signs of disease, such as cancer, before a person has symptoms. In its early stages, cancer is easier to treat. 

     

    For additional breast and cervical cancer screening sites throughout New Hampshire, call 603-271-4931 or visit https://tinyurl.com/NHcancerscreenings.

     

    Greater Seacoast Community Health is a network of community health centers providing primary care, pediatrics, dental care, prenatal care, behavioral health counseling, substance use disorder treatment, mobile health services, WIC, social work services, a pharmacy, parenting classes, playgroups and home visiting. The network includes Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth, Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth, Lilac City Pediatrics in Rochester, the Strafford County Public Health Network and SOS Recovery Community Organization. Services are open to everyone and aim to be respectful, recovery-friendly, LGBTQ-affirming and trauma-informed. For more information, visit GetCommunityHealth.org.