On the next two Fridays, the Trenton Health Team (THT) will be conducting free, easy-to-access screenings for cervical cancer for Trenton area women who live in Mercer County, have an income at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level and are uninsured or under-insured. Note that SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED. Just call 609-888-6189.

This year, according to cancer.net, an estimated 13,170 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer — and 4,250 women will die from the disease.  But, “Cervical cancer is preventable,” says Samantha Anderson, THT Community Nurse Practitioner. “Spending about half an hour at a screening can save your life.” Screening can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screenings and follow-up care.

The Leon Rainbow mural in the THT Offices lobby in Trenton

THT will host screenings on these two Fridays at these locations:
January 24, call 609-888-6189 for an appointment
Capital Health Regional Medical Center
750 Brunswick Ave., Trenton 
January 31, call 609-888-6189 for an appointment
Pennsauken Diagnostic Center at Hamilton
1245 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 403, Hamilton, NJ

Trenton Health Team posts that “We serve residents of the six zip codes of Trenton, with a particular emphasis on the vulnerable and under-resourced. We work to increase access to quality healthcare for all as we strive to build health literacy, including knowledge about prevention and opportunities for healthy lifestyle choices.”

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‘Trenton Health Team is truly a team — of experts, advocates, community leaders and resident”, they continue. “We are proud of our progress and grateful to our community and healthcare partners for sharing expertise and perspectives.” THT operates in partnership with the Henry J. Austin Health Center, Capital Health, the City of Trenton, and the Pennsauken Diagnostic Center to provide a variety of important community health services such as education, outreach, early detection, case management, screening, tracking, and follow-up. The New Jersey Department of Health, through its NJCEED program pays for not only cervical cancer screening, but also additional diagnostic testing, as needed. Patients diagnosed with cervical cancer can enroll in Medicaid to cover treatment costs.

Trenton Health Team is dedicated to improving the well-being of greater Trenton by partnering with the community to expand access to high-quality, coordinated, cost-effective healthcare and addressing housing quality, food security, neighborhood safety, education and social inequities inextricably linked to poor health outcomes. Community organizations serving this population can connect clients with screening by calling 609-888-6189 (or referring to THT through its PowNow platform which enables tracking and follow-up on referrals).