The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation encourages
women to schedule preventive screenings.
Screenings can save hundreds of lives and keep thousands of women from
cardiovascular disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases.
Women who do not receive appropriate cancer screenings face a greater risk
of late-stage cancer detection and death. Breast cancer is the second
leading cause of cancer death among females in Colorado, killing more
than 600 women annually. However, if breast cancer is detected early,
98 percent of those diagnosed survive at least five years. Likewise, when
cervical and colorectal cancers are diagnosed early, 90 percent and 88
percent of women respectively survive at least five years.
Most health insurance covers breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings
at no cost to the individual, and resources are available statewide for
free breast and cervical cancers screenings. The Colorado Department of
Public Health & Environment’s Women’s Wellness Connection
program offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women.
To learn about the Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Program in our
area and/or schedule a screening, call Brenda Gentile, HRRMC Foundation
community health worker, at 719-207-2088.
To learn more about cardiovascular disease and diabetes, visit heart.org
Local resources for colorectal cancer screenings for women and men 50
years or older may exist in your community. Talk to your primary care
provider about what colorectal cancer screening option is right for you.