Hunterdon County Cancer Education and Early Detection Program
Since 1997, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center has been the recipient of a health grant that offers free cancer screenings.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
*Other tests needed after an abnormal result may also be covered.
Clients receive screenings at several healthcare offices
throughout Hunterdon County.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
The NJCEED cancer screening services are available to individuals:
- Who do not have health insurance.
- Are underinsured, or with a high deductible.
- Who don’t have Medicare or Medicaid
- Income and age restrictions may also apply.
“Those without sufficient health insurance don’t have to postpone potentially lifesaving cancer screening exams because of the financial burden of paying these exams.”
SERVICES FOR WOMEN:
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. It is more treatable when it is found in its early stages. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. 80% of all women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
- Yearly mammograms for women starting at age 40.
- Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) every 3 years for women in their 20’s and 30’s and every year for women age 40 and over.
- Women between 21 and 29 years old should get a:
- Pap smear
- Pelvic exam
- Women between 30 and 65 years old should get a:
- Pap smear
- HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) testing
- Pelvic exam
Women who have cancer of the cervix may not have any symptoms, so regular checkups are crucial.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) can develop from polyps (grape-like growths on the inner lining of the colon and rectum).
All women and men aged 50 and older are at increased risk of developing CRC since that is when polyps usually begin to form. Regular screening is crucial since there are no typical symptoms in early stages of CRC, when the cancer is more curable.
Screening tests can find polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
- FIT test (fecal immunochemical test) and/ or colonoscopy (if applicable)
SERVICES FOR MEN:
Symptoms from cancer may not appear until the cancer is in its later stages, so men who choose to undergo screening should begin at age 50.
However, the NJCEED Program recommends, based on the American Cancer Society’s guidelines, that men in high risk groups should begin screening at age 45.
These groups include:
- African Americans
- Men whose brothers or fathers have had prostate cancer before age 65
How do I decide when to begin screening?
Men should make an informed decision with their health care providers about whether to be screened for prostate cancer. If you and your healthcare provider decide that you should get tested, men 50 years or older and those in high risk groups should get a:
- Prostate –specific antigen (PSA) blood test
- Digital rectal exam (DRE)
How often a man should be tested depends on his PSA level
For more information, or to see if you are eligible:
Please call 908-237-5409.
For more information about NJCEED please visit the NJ Department of Health website at: http://www.nj.gov/health/cancer/njceed/index.shtml
For more information on screening guidelines please visit the website for the American Cancer Society at: http://www.cancer.org
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