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FREE HEALTH SCREENING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN

Colorado Springs, Colorado - In celebration of Mother's Day, May 12, the American Cancer Society's El Paso/Teller County Unit is announcing a collaborative partnership with the Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative (CWCCI)/Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to increase the number of underserved women screened with women's health services. Services include a pelvic exam, a PAP test, a clinical breast exam and a mammogram. These free services are now being offered to El Paso County women who are uninsured or underinsured. An additional focus of this new program is to educate women about the importance of prevention and early detection of cancer. These monthly health education programs will be held at Hillside Community Center. Call 636-5101 for more information.

El Paso County statistics show that many eligible women are not being screened. Screenings are important to detect breast and cervical cancers early, when they are most treatable. In 2002, approximately 2,400 Colorado women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 500 of those women will die from the disease. Approximately 100 Colorado women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2002.

The CWCCI program not only encourages women to take greater responsibility for their own health, but also seeks to facilitate access to care. Funding is available for women who qualify to receive FREE pelvic and breast screenings. Women must qualify according to designated program income level guidelines, as well as age and insurance requirements. Medical services are provided at accredited area facilities.

For more information on screenings or the monthly health programs, contact Metanasa
(Meta) Drammgh, the American Cancer Society women's health education facilitator, at
636-5101.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer, and diminishing suffering from cancer though research, education, advocacy, and service. For 24-hour cancer information call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the ACS website at www.cancer.org.

 
 
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