White Medical Clinic to Participate in State Breast, Cervical and Colon Cancer Screening Programs

Posted: 6/25/2012

White Medical Clinic has begun participating in South Dakota’s All Women Count! breast and cervical cancer screening program and Get Screened SD colorectal screening program.

“Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in South Dakota women and the second leading cause of cancer death. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. adults that affect both men and women,” said Physician Assistant Karen Bumann, medical provider at White Medical Clinic. “Screening and early detection of these cancers has a tremendous potential to save lives. That is why White Medical Clinic believes so strongly in bringing regular, high quality cancer screening to our community.”

The All Women Count! program provides free mammograms and Pap smears to women who are income and age eligible and use a South Dakota clinic as their regular health provider. Eligible women age 40 to 64 can receive a mammogram and women 30 to 64 a Pap smear.

For income and age eligible women, White Medical Clinic can provide a clinical breast exam, Pap smear, blood glucose and cholesterol lab, and colorectal screening test. In addition, White Medical Clinic will make arrangements for a no-cost mammogram at a participating facility. The clinic will also follow-up on any abnormal test results or physical exam findings, including referrals for other breast and cervical tests as needed and performed by additional All Women Count! participating physicians.

Get Screened SD provides free colorectal cancer screening to men and women age 50 and older who are South Dakota residents and meet income guidelines. The program’s goal is to provide financial access for screening and colonoscopies to individuals who cannot afford the required co-pay and have a positive test result of hidden blood detected in the stool sample. The program assists with financial coverage for a colonoscopy, an electrocardiogram if needed prior to a colonoscopy, blood tests, follow-up clinic visits, and anesthesia.

For income and age eligible adults, White Medical Clinic can provide a colorectal cancer screening test and a referral for a colonoscopy if indicated.

To find out if you are eligible for the All Women Count! or Get Screened SD programs, contact White Medical Clinic at (605) 629-3333.

About Brookings Health System
Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.