Free cervical screenings offered at SCCH, JMH


In recognition of cervical health awareness month, Smyth County Community Hospital (SCCH) and Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) will offer free cervical screenings on two separate days in January.

“A cervical screening, often called a Pap smear, is one of the most reliable cancer screening tests available,” said Terry Smith, director of cancer center services at the Regional Cancer Center at Johnston Memorial Cancer Center. “A cervical screening can also detect other medical conditions, such as infection and inflammation.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular cervical screenings. However, cervical cancer is easy to prevent and easy to treat successfully if found early. The CDC recommends that women begin annual cervical screenings at age 21 or within three years of becoming sexually active, whichever happens first. Women 30 years old or older with normal cervical screenings or who have had a hysterectomy might be advised by a physician to stop annual cervical screenings or receive them less than once per year.

The free screenings will be offered at the following times and locations:
  • JMH: January 18, 12:30 to 7 p.m., JMH Cancer Center, 16000 Johnston Memorial Drive, Abingdon. For an appointment, call 276-258-1822.
  • SCCH: January 26, noon to 6 p.m., Room 215, SCCH Medical Oncology Department, 565 Radio Hill Road, Marion. For an appointment, call 276-781-2600.
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