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Breast and Cervical Health &
The Women First Coalition
Cardiovascular Health
Skin Cancer Prevention

The Breast and Cervical Health Program and The Women First Coalition

The Breast and Cervical Health Program provides free mammograms and pap tests to those who qualify. For more information about the program and to see if you qualify for these free screenings please call 1-800-350-5180.

The Breast and Cervical Health Program also sponsors the activities of the Women First Coalition whose mission is to reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality in Greater Portland and the surrounding rural region. The Coalition is responsible for raising awareness through education and by increasing access to breast and cervical cancer screening services including mammography, clinical breast exams, pelvic exams and pap test. The Coalition includes 21 member agencies representing health care providers, women's organizations, grassroots organizations, housing, and senior citizens.

These 21 members work together help coordinate services, provide linkages, and reduce barriers to breast and cervical health services by conducting outreach and education to women. The focus of the coalition’s resources is on women over 40, women of low income and those who live in rural areas.

Screening Guidelines for Breast and Cervical Health*:
Women Age 20 - 40 Annual pap test and breast exam
Monthly breast self exam
Women Over the Age of 40 Monthly breast self exam
Annual mammogram

*From the American Cancer Society

Early detection and screening information for breast cancer  from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Below are several useful guides, created by the Portland Public Health Division, and websites about sun safety:

Sun safety for ME brochure - This brochure outlines many sun safety tips and skin cancer facts that affect the entire family.

‘No Sun for Baby’ Guide - This guide is geared towards coordinators hoping to start a ‘No Sun for Baby’ program of their own. Take a look at this guide for useful information about sun safety for infants, as well as a pattern to make your baby its own hat to wear outdoors.

Portland Parks and Recreation Sun Protection Guide - This is the same guide that the Portland Parks and Recreation Department uses to educate participants in their summer camps. See this guide for simple and concise sun safety guidelines you can follow.


A Model Community Skin Cancer Prevention Project in Maine
The purpose of this program was to create and test a community skin cancer prevention model for replication throughout the state of Maine. The project was a collaborative effort of the Maine Cancer Consortium, American Cancer Society (ACS), and the City of Portland, Health and Human Services Department, Public Health Division. The City of Portland served as the pilot site for this project. This project is described in detail here: www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/apr/03_0032.htm 


Cardiovascular Health

Learn about the signs and symptoms of heart disease, check out these websites:

Know Your Numbers’ report card – This ‘report card’ gives you the normal levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides for women.

This information gathered and presented by the Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention Program.