Free screenings offered over weekend to increase awareness about diseases such as cervical cancer
Free cancer screenings were offered over the weekend at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital.
Doctors say the hope is to increase awareness about diseases such as cervical cancer because it often doesn't show many symptoms.
"Particularly for their prenatal care and to have their babies and then after they get busy having to take care of kids and raising their kids, they kind of forget to take care of themselves," says Dr. Damali Campbell Oparaji.
The day was for those who may be too busy to see a doctor or don't have insurance. Some maybe even stopped going to the doctor.
"Prevention is better than anything else you know you don't want to find out later on that you have something," says Catarina Santos, of Union.
Santos got screened. Doctors gave up their Saturday for these tests. They say cervical cancer is preventable.