State offering free mammograms to uninsured Coloradans
DENVER (KKTV) - The state of Colorado is offering free mammograms for lower-income Coloradans.
“We want people to know their risk for breast cancer, how to reduce that risk, and when to get a mammogram. We also want to make sure they know where they can get a mammogram,” said Emily Kinsella, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Women’s Wellness Connection section manager.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) officials said in just Colorado alone, over 5,000 people will be diagnosed for breast cancer. They added that the odds of surviving are high if it’s caught early, but many people lacking insurance are struggling to get regular, life-saving checkups.
“It’s important to get mammograms on a regular basis in order to find breast cancer early when it’s more treatable, cheaper to treat, easier to treat, all of those things,” Kinsella said.
The American Cancer Society said that in 2019 (the most recent data available), 63 percent of uninsured women were not up to date on their breast cancer screening, compared to 70 percent of insured women who were getting regular exams.
“We know that finding cancer early can make a huge difference in treatment and outcome. We also know that in recent years, during the pandemic, many got behind on routine cancer screenings. Making sure we all get caught up on mammograms will save lives,” Kinsella said.
To help, CDPHE’s Women’s Wellness Connection program is offering free mammograms to lower-income individuals ages 40 to 64 without health insurance or with limited insurance. The program also offers free cervical screenings to individuals ages 21 to 64 who fall into those eligibility requirements. The organization operates 100 clinics across Colorado.
“The Women’s Wellness Connection program exists so that cost, lack of health insurance, or immigration status don’t get in the way of individuals getting these crucial screenings to protect their health,” Kinsella said.
A full list of clinics offering these free services in the state and all eligibility requirenments can be found at the Women’s Wellness Connection website.
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