Meck County to host Twitter chat on women’s health

The Tuesday, Oct. 27, event will feature Mecklenburg County Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia and will focus on county health services for women who qualify.

BCCP-ProgramMecklenburg County will host a Twitter chat about the Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The chat will feature county Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia.

This event comes days after the American Cancer Society revised its guidelines to determine the most appropriate and effective age to begin mammography screening.

The BCCP program provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet these eligibility guidelines:

  • ages 40 to 64 for breast cancer screenings
  • ages 21 to 64 for cervical cancer screenings.
  • income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or
  • Have no insurance, or
  • underinsured and eligible for services.

Those services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram and diagnostic services such as ultrasound, colposcopy or biopsy, if needed.

The Twitter chat will include topics such as the importance of getting checked for breast and cervical cancer, barriers to getting checked, and how to reach the most at-risk populations.

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Twitter Chat Details:

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 3p.m.-4p.m.
Where: Twitter – Follow @meckcounty and #meckcheckchat to participate
Who: This is an open chat. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to join the conversation.

For more information about the County’s BCCP or to make an appointment, visit