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Women’s Wellness Connection program offers free cancer screenings at hundreds of clinics across Colorado

COLORADO (KRDO) -- The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is trying to emphasize the importance of staying up to date on routine cancer screenings.

In an effort to encourage Colorado women to engage in valuable preventative care, like mammograms and Pap tests, the CDPHE is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the Women's Wellness Connection program.

The program offers those life-saving tests for free to women who qualify.

“As someone who was diagnosed with cancer four times, including as a young mother, I am committed to ensuring that all Coloradans have access to affordable, preventive healthcare and treatment,” said Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. “The Women’s Wellness Connection is a critical program that offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings at more than 100 clinics across Colorado so that cost, lack of health
insurance, or immigration status does not get in the way of women catching cancer when chances of survival are highest."

According to the CDPHE, one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime, including one in eight who will have invasive breast cancer. Finding it early makes it easier to treat and even prevent. In fact, nearly all women can survive breast cancer and cervical cancer when it is caught in the early stages.

Women over 21 should begin getting checked for cervical cancer every three to five years with a Pap test (also called a Pap smear) and/or an HPV test. Women over 40 can get checked for breast cancer with a mammogram, which doctors recommend getting done every one to two years, depending on age.

The Women’s Wellness Connection program serves women ages 21 to 64 without health insurance or women with limited insurance that have a demonstrated financial need.

To find out more about the program, visit Women can also call the
American Cancer Society at 1-866-951-9355 for help finding a clinic that offers free or low-cost cancer screenings as part of the Women’s Wellness Connection program near them.

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