By SARAH HARMON
The Marshall County Health Department is encouraging local women to make their health a priority and come in for regular preventive screenings for National Women's Health Week.
Photo by Sarah Harmon
Nursing director Patty Owens, left, and nurse Vicki Allender urge women to come to the Marshall County Health Department breast and cervical cancer screenings and family planning clinics on Friday mornings.
"Women should come in for a physical yearly," said Patty Owens, nursing director at the health department. "We want people to be more aware that we offer these services for women for breast and cervical cancer screenings."
Clinics are held 8:30 a.m. to noon every Friday at the health department, Owens said, for women to get a breast and pelvic exam and a Pap test.
The department also offers family planning clinics, in which women of child-bearing ages can come in for education on birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and other sexual health issues. Women can also get advice for pre-pregnancy planning or to refill their prescription of birth control.
Owens said the department is able to screen for a variety of health issues and can assist patients in finding a health provider if something serious is detected.
In addition, the health department also provides other services for women including advice on immunizations, a tobacco cessation program for smokers looking to quit and services for those suffering from domestic violence. Owens urged women to call ahead to make an appointment for the breast and cervical cancer screenings or the family planning clinic and to discuss insurance issues if necessary.
"It's about making better choices and knowing where to go," Owens said. "We have wonderful programs."