CLEMSON — A partnership between Clemson University’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center and the Best Chance Network will be able to help even more underserved Upstate women detect breast and cervical cancer, thanks to new guidelines.

Through the partnership, Clemson nursing and public health sciences students — supervised by faculty and staff from the Sullivan Center — will offer breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured, underserved women ages 40-64 throughout the Upstate. Before the new Best Chance Network guidelines made possible by a grant extension, only women ages 47-64 could participate.

The new guidelines fall in line with American Cancer Society recommendations that women get yearly mammograms beginning at age 40, said Caitlin Moore, health educator for the Sullivan Center.

In the Best Chance/Sullivan Center program, participants receive a gynecological exam and mammogram at various locations including hospitals, practices and clinics, with appropriate follow-up as needed.

Screenings will be held throughout the winter and spring in Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties, with locations and dates as follows:

  • Jan. 29, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Simpsonville
  • Jan. 31, AnMed Health, Anderson
  • Feb. 5, Clemson Free Clinic
  • Feb. 19, North Greenville Medical Campus, Greenville Health System, Travelers Rest
  • Feb. 26, University Center of Greenville
  • Feb. 28, AnMed Health, Anderson
  • March 5, Clemson Free Clinic
  • March 12, Greenville Radiology
  • March 18, Oconee County Health Department, Walhalla
  • March 19, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Simpsonville
  • March 28, AnMed Health, Anderson
  • April 2, Clemson Free Clinic
  • April 9, Baptist Easley Hospital
  • April 16, Greenville Radiology
  • April 25, AnMed Health, Anderson
  • April 30, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Simpsonville
  • May 7, Clemson Free Clinic

For more information about the screenings, contact the Sullivan Center at 864-656-3076.

Operated by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Best Chance Network works to reduce breast and cervical cancer deaths among underserved women by providing free screenings.

The Joseph F. Sullivan Center is a nurse-managed health center that provides health services to Clemson employees, and community outreach programs to rural and underserved communities and individuals. The Sullivan Center is part of Clemson’s College of Health, Education and Human Development.