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June 12, 2014

Women’s health event today at MCHD

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Health Department is hosting a women’s health event today from noon until 6 p.m.

At the event, women will have the opportunity to use a variety of free services, without an appointment, including Pap tests, breast exams, blood pressure checks, spinal screenings, hearing screenings and immunizations. Diana Boyle, the heath department’s clinician, will also be on hand to answer any questions.

“If they have a question they would like to ask a clinician, or if they have a mole or something they want looked at, she’ll be here for that,” Donna Riffle, director of nursing, said.

There are also many other services available. There will be a pharmacist on-site to answer questions about medicine. Someone will also be available to talk through any questions that women may have about the Affordable Care Act. Family planning help will be available, and a representative for the Right from the Start program, which helps pregnant women, will also be in attendance. Finally, there will also be demonstrations in first aid, cooking and physical fitness, and door prizes will be given away during the event.

Riffle said that the event grew larger than expected.

“It’s expanded more than what I had thought. It’s really turned into a mini-health fair,” Riffle said. “We’ve been working on it probably for four or five months, getting everyone’s schedule organized.”

Riffle said it’s important that women keep track of their health.

“Especially with breast exams, Pap smears or mammograms, it’s important that if there are any changes, those changes are found,” Riffle said.

Finding those changes early is important and can increase the likelihood that treatment will be successful.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 67.1 percent of women over age 40 have had a mammogram within the past two years, and 73.2 percent of women 18 years and over have had a Pap smear within the past three years.

Riffle said that the women’s health event isn’t just about cancer detection, but also about promoting general health.

“We all care about what we do, and care about the people in our community,” Riffle said.

There will also be HIV testing available from noon to 5:30 p.m. today. Results are available in 20 minutes.

Friday, women will be eligible for free blood work between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.  with an appointment, and Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile mammography unit, will be available. Call 304-366-3360 for more information or to make an appointment.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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