Colorado free breast and cervical cancer screening program

 

The Women's Wellness Connection at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment offers free breast and cervical cancer screening to more than 18,000 low-income women.
 
Breast cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in Colorado, killing more than 500 women per year, according to the state health department. 
 
Seventy-five percent of the 3,700 breast cancers diagnosed each year in Colorado are detected early, with lower rates for Hispanic, Black and uninsured women,  According to CDPHE's Central Cancer Registry.
 
When breast cancer is detected early, 98 percent of those diagnosed can survive. 
 
Likewise, when cervical cancer is diagnosed early, 96 percent of women survive. On average, more than 150 Colorado women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year. 
 
The Women's Wellness Connection serves women who are between ages 40 and 64.
 
Nearly one in four low-income, uninsured Colorado women has been screened for breast and cervical cancer through the program.
 
The toll free number for the Women's Wellness Connection is  1-866-951-WELL.
 
For more information, go to womenswellnessconnection.org.