Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment offers free cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to women who qualify
January 24, 2018
The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment offers free cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to women ages 21-64 through the Women's Wellness Connection, a program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, according to a news release. The Women's Wellness Connection expanded eligibility to include younger women who may not have the income or insurance coverage to pay for these important screening services. Previously, eligibility began at 40.
To qualify for these free services, women must earn less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level, be in the U.S. legally and have no health insurance or have health insurance with high deductibles or co-pays.
Women are eligible for many diagnostic procedures through the program. If a woman enrolled in the Women's Wellness Connection is diagnosed with cancer, most will qualify for treatment through Health First Colorado's Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, according to the release.
The health department also offers free breast cancer screening for women ages 40-64 who meet the same eligibility requirements. Women can check eligibility and clinic locations at http://bit.ly/1P6JOaW.
Every year in the United States, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die of the disease, according to the release. Latinas and African-American women are at higher risk for developing and dying from cervical cancer.