The Women’s Wellness Connection urges women ages 40 and older to
talk with their doctors during
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October about screening for breast
cancer. Women who can’t afford mammograms may be eligible for a
free screening from a local health care provider.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Colorado among
females, killing about 600 women annually, according to the American Cancer
Society. Breast cancer is most treatable when it is detected early.
The Women’s Wellness Connection offers free breast and cervical cancer
screenings to low-income women ages 40 to 64 years through 45 community
providers statewide. The Women’s Wellness Connection has served
Colorado’s low-income, uninsured women for 25 years, with almost
31 percent of its almost $6.5 million budget coming from the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Women's Wellness Connection has made pap tests and mammograms
accessible and free for all eligible women,” said Emily Kinsella
of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Breast
Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to get screened."
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center can connect eligible women
in the area to local providers who provide the free screens. Contact HRRMC
Community Health Worker Brenda Gentile at 719-207-2088.
Gentile will also provide Women’s Wellness Connection information
at the HRRMC Women’s Health Day on Oct. 20 at the SteamPlant Event
Center, 220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida.
“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to remind the women
in our lives to get screened,” said HRRMC Foundation Director Kimla
Robinson. “We are proud to work with the Women’s Wellness
Connection to offer free mammograms and pap tests to women who need them
but can’t afford them.”
For more information on where to find a provider, visit
womenswellnessconnection.org or call 1-866-951-WELL. For more information on National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, visit