UC Health, through the UC Cancer Institute, operates several community outreach programs to help educate patients about their risk for cancer.
Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening Program
The mobile screening program provides free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests to men living in traditionally low-income, urban neighborhoods who may not have access to regular health care.
PSA is a substance released into the bloodstream from the male prostate gland. While low levels of the substance may be found in healthy men, elevated levels often indicate prostate cancer. When detected in an early stage, prostate cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer.
Each screening participant receives a PSA test and physical examination. Letters explaining test results and any recommended follow-up actions are sent to each patient’s home and family physician. Schedules vary based on staffing availability. For more information on scheduling the van for free or to find out where it will be, call 513-584-8216.
Mobile Diagnostics Mammography Van
University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute radiologists are making access to the most innovative imaging techniques even easier with the Mobile Diagnostics Van and the tomosynthesis technology. Tomosynthesis, otherwise known as 3D mammography, allows experts to image breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility and allowing physicians to see tissue details throughout the entire breast that may not been seen with standard, 2D mammography. This increases accuracy and decreases the need to call patients back for extra imaging.
In June 2013, UC Health unveiled a Mobile Diagnostics Van equipped with this technology, making tomosynthesis and breast cancer screening even more convenient for those being screened in the Tristate. The van will set up outside any business, church or charity organization at no charge.
For more information or to schedule the van, call 513-585-VANN (8266). .
Win By Quitting Smoking Cessation Program
The pharmacist-assisted Win by Quitting smoking cessation clinic offers an individualized, 12-week program to help smokers snuff out the habit for good. Appointments are available on Mondays and Thursdays at the Barrett Center, located at 234 Goodman St. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 513-584-QUIT (7848). Appointments are free to all individuals. The program is supported by UC and UC Health University Hospital.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project offers Ohio women aged 40 and over with limited income or insufficient health insurance free breast and cervical cancer screenings. Access is based on capacity and current financial resources to provide free care.
The project, intended to improve a patient's chances of recovery through early diagnosis, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health BCCP Medicaid program. For more details and to determine eligibility call 513-584-4342, 513-584-0053 or (toll free) 1-888-727-6266, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cancer: Clear and Simple Program
This community outreach program offers customized 25-minute presentations related to cancer at local high schools. Its tripartite goal is to educate students about cancer prevention and risk reduction, reach the students’ parents and extended families by inspiring conversation based on what the kids learn during these presentations and motivate participating schools to create their own cancer education programs. At the conclusion of each session, the schools are presented with small challenge grants to implement a school-wide cancer education program of their own design. The grants are made possible by funding from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Buck and Patti Niehoff. For more information, call 513-584-8216.