The Monmouth County Health Department [MCHD] is offering two free or low-cost cancer screenings this summer, available for uninsured women living in Monmouth County.
The mammography clinic is on Thursday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pap clinic is on Friday, July 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Clinics are at 3425 Highway 9, in Freehold NJ. Call 732-431-7456 ext. 8513 for more information.
"Regular mammograms and other screening measures may seem unnecessary or like a low priority for women's health, but they are key to early detection and an early defeat of breast cancer," said City Councilperson Yvonne Clayton. "If you feel that you don't have the resources, that you are uninsured or under-insured, there could
be help available."
According to the MCHD's
2016 Community Health Assessment
, Monmouth County reported an annual age-adjusted incidence rate of 143.6 female breast cancer cases per 100,000 people. That rate is higher than the findings on both the state and national level, and higher than the findings in neighboring Ocean County.
In 2016, 73.3% of women in Monmouth County ages 50 to 74 have had a mammogram in the past two years. That's lower than statewide findings, lower than the national percentage, and lower than the Healthy People 2020 target of 81.1%. It's also a lower percentage than findings for Monmouth County from 2011, showing a downward trend in opposition to rising state and national levels.
For more about the Monmouth County Department of Health and the services they offer, visit
or call 732-431-7456.