Women’s Wellness Connection is offering free cancer screenings for uninsured women.
Women’s Wellness Connection says they realized the need for such services when Colorado’s unemployment rate reached a 21-year high at 7.5 percent. Now, the organization began expanding its eligibility requirements by offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women who are recently unemployed or have lost health coverage.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 45 percent of all women, and 58 percent of Hispanic women, have failed to seek medical care in the past year because the cost was too high.
“During hard economic times, women are more concerned with putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their families’ heads. As a result, many women neglect their own medical care, suffer from stress and adopt unhealthy behaviors,” said Sandra Mortensen, RN, Women’s Wellness Connection program director based at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
“Generally, women in this state of mind are wholly consumed with other matters and simply forgo their health needs, which could lead to more serious illness and more costly care in the future. It will impact the entire family.”
To be eligible, women must:
- Be ages 40 to 64.
- Be legal residents of the United States.
- Live in Colorado.
- Have limited or no insurance to pay for these screenings.
- Earn less than $27,075 a year if single and $55,125 in a
household of four.
“The best way to find cancer early is to get routine breast and cervical cancer screenings. In fact, 98 percent of women who find breast cancer early, and 92 percent of women who find cervical cancer early survive it.”
Women’s Wellness Connection served a record 13,228 women in 2008 and expects to serve nearly 15,000 women in 2009.
Women’s Wellness Connection provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and select diagnostic services at more than 120 provider sites in Colorado.
Colorado Springs locations:
Planned Parenthood - CO Springs West
1330 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
El Paso County Dept Health - Women`s Clinic
301 South Union Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Planned Parenthood - Security
3029 South Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Planned Parenthood - CO Springs East
3958 North Academy Boulevard, Suite 108
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Teller County Public Health
11115 West Highway 24
Divide, CO 80814
Pueblo Community Health Center
110 East Routt Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
Pueblo Community Health Center - Grand Ave
1008 North Grand Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
Pueblo Community Health Center - Parkhill
1302 East 5th Street
Pueblo, CO 81001
Southern Colorado Family Medicine
1008 Minnequa Avenue #1124
Pueblo, CO 81004
Planned Parenthood - Pueblo
955 West Highway 50
Pueblo, CO 81008
For a list of free screening providers throughout Colorado, to find out if they are eligible and to make an appointment, women can call 1-866-951-WELL (9355) or visit www.womenswellnessconnection.org or by clicking on the link below.