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Cancer Screening

Available to women not enrolled in prenatal or family planning programs.

Provides pap smears, breast and pelvic exam, and cancer prevention counseling. Referrals are made for mammograms if client is eligible, or to OB/GYN practice under contract if pap smear is abnormal.​

Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program

The Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program offers breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic and treatment services. These services are provided to women who meet income eligibility requirements and who do not have health insurance to cover the cost. This program is part of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

Through the Mercer County Health Department, women can receive a mammogram, a breast exam by a health professional, a Pap test, and a pelvic exam. If any abnormal results are found, the woman is then eligible for follow-up diagnostic services. If cancer or pre-cancerous conditions are diagnosed, the woman may be eligible for Medicaid coverage for treatment.

Available cancer screening services include:

Pap test and pelvic examination

Clinical breast exam and instruction for performing self breast exams

Mammography screening, based on a sliding income scale is available for women 40-64 years of age

General cancer information

Other lab tests and immunizations as needed

Women who have been screened by a local health department and found to need treatment for breast or cervical cancer may receive treatment through Kentucky Medicaid Services.

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Testicular and Prostate Cancer Screening

Talk to your nurse about self exams and concerns you may have about testicular cancer. Recommendations are given as needed.

Colon Cancer Screening

Talk to your nurse about any concerns you may have about colorectal cancer. Recommendations are given as needed.

Skin Cancer Screening

Talk to your nurse about any concerns you may have about your skin and potential cancerous areas. Recommendations are given as needed.

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The Mercer County Health Department is accepting applications for a full time Public Health Nurse I
General Duties include:
This position serves under the direction of the Director. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Provides entry-level nursing functions and services to individuals and families under close supervision in a clinic or community setting, focusing on the prevention of illness, injury or disability, the promotion of health and maintenance of the health of populations. The nurse in this classification would receive job specific training in the requirements and scope of practice of the various assigned health department programs and services.Health department services are provided to all age populations. A brief description of health department services include adult and child immunizations, well child examinations, family planning exams, WIC services/promotion, dental varnish for children, pandemic response, public health preparedness, basic patient care, harm reduction services and promotion of the health department within the community.
Minimum Education, Training or Experience:
See special requirements.
Special Requirements:
(Age, Licensure, Regulation, Etc.) Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state or provisional license in Kentucky, meeting all requirements of KRS 314.041.
Starting Salary:
$20.30-$25.24/hr negotiable with additional experience. Grade 17
Apply at https://KOG.CHFS.KY.GOV/HOME. Create a citizen account and search LHDCOS (search and apply) Completed application must be submitted by November 11, 2022. Transcripts must be provided before the close date if post-secondary education is required or may be substituted for experience. Transcripts must list the degree awarded.  Qualified applicants/employees are subject to a pre-screening, selection for interview, and/or demonstration of skills testing.  Employment may be contingent upon a successful drug screening and background check.  Equal Opportunity Employer.