January is cervical cancer awareness month!
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers that affect women. Routine testing and early treatment can reduce a women's risk.
Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in a woman's cervix. The cervix is the lower, thin opening of the uterus that connects the vagina (or birth canal) to the uterus. Cervical cancer grows slowly over time and usually starts with abnormal changes to the cells on the cervix, known as dysplasia. Removing these abnormal cells can prevent cervical cancer. 99% of cervical cancer is caused by HPV infection. Most women don't have symptoms until cervical cancer has progressed.
Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is so common that most people are infected at some point in their lives. There usually aren't any symptoms and the infection typically resolves on its own without treatment.
Some types of HPV cause genital warts, but no cervical changes or precancerous conditions, while other types cause cervical changes, which, over time, can lead to cervical cancer. Persistent infection with high risk HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer.
HPV is passed through genital or skin-to-skin contact most often during vaginal or anal sex. Most people get it soon after they start having sex and it may be found years later. You cannot feel or see HPV.
There are two tests that screen for cervical cancer. A Pap test looks at cells on the cervix and is often done during a routine pelvic exam. It looks for changes on the cervix that could become cervical cancer if not treated. If your Pap test results show cells that are not normal and may become cancer, your health care provider will contact you for follow-up. There are many reasons why Pap test results might not be normal. It usually does not mean you have cancer.
The HPV test looks for the types of the virus that cause most cases of cervical cancer, the high-risk types. The HPV test can be done at the same time as the Pap test using either the same sample of cells or a second sample taken right after the Pap test. A positive result for high-risk HPV means that you should be followed closely to make sure that abnormal cells do not develop.
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming & Niagara provides free cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic services for uninsured New Yorkers. Call (716)278-4898 for more information.
Free Opioid Overdose Reversal Training
February 12th 6:00pm
At Stevens Memorial Library
146 Main St.
Attica, NY 14011
Receive a FREE reversal kit upon completion of training!
Call the Health Department to schedule a training for your organization, community event, workplace, etc.
Open Enrollment is coming soon!
Healthy Communities start with healthy families. Open enrollment for health insurance starts in November. Don’t forget to sign you and your family up!
What do I need to apply for coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace?
We ask about income and other information about you to tell you what coverage you qualify for and if you can get help paying for it. We keep all of the information you provide private, as required by law. For everyone applying for help paying for your health insurance through the Marketplace, you may need:
Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants who need health insurance)
Employer and income information for everyone in your family
Policy numbers for any current health insurance
Information about any job related health insurance available to your family
CALL THE WYOMING COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
585-786-8890 or 1-800-466-1191 for Free Navigator Services
Let us help you apply!
CHILD HEALTH PLUS, ESSENTIAL PLAN, MEDICAID ENROLLMENT AVAILABLE ALL YEAR For more information call 1-855-355-5777 https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov
2019 SEASONAL FLU VACCINE
BY APPOINTMENT – FOR AGES 6 MONTHS THROUGH ADULT
Please call the Wyoming County Health Department at
(585)786-8890 or Toll Free at (800) 588-8670
All clinics will be held at the Wyoming County Health Department
5362 Mungers Mill Road, Silver Springs, NY 14550
Flexible Appointment Times Available
The following insurances are accepted:
**Please bring a copy of your insurance card**
BC/BS of WNY
Excellus Health Plan
Medicaid Managed Care
MVP Health Plan
*Please note, Empire will not pay for vaccines at Health Department clinics*
**Also, the Health Department can no longer bill Medicare**
Please visit your physician or a local pharmacy
***Your insurance company may charge a co-pay,
& the Health Department may bill you for that co-pay***
If you are uninsured or do not have an insurance listed above, the cost of the
Flu Vaccine is $30 / Pneumococcal Vaccine is $115
(Talk with clinic staff if you are uninsured and have a financial hardship)
Flu Vaccine is Preservative Free
State Septic System Replacement Program
The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 (L. 2017, c. 57, Part T) established the Septic System Replacement Fund to provide a source of funding for the replacement of cesspools and septic systems in New York State. This grant program (the “Program”) seeks to reduce the environmental and public-health impacts associated with the discharge of effluent from cesspools and septic systems on groundwater used as drinking water, as well as threatened or impaired waterbodies. Silver Lake and Java Lake have been identified as threatened or impaired waterbodies in Wyoming County. Click here to see a complete program summary.
If your property is located next to one of the identified waterbodies and you wish to participate in this program, please complete the online grant application.
Pay Your Environmental Health Related Fees & Invoices Online
In addition to paying your Environmental Health related charges by check, you now have the option to pay online with a credit or debit card using GovPayNet. For this service a small processing fee will be added to your transaction. If you would like more information please review GovPayNet Fee Schedule and GovPayNet Terms of Service prior to paying.