EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES
It’s true. Early detection does save lives—maybe even your life.
Saving lives is the goal of Washington State’s Breast, Cervical & Colon Health Program that provides free breast and cervical screening and treatment and colon cancer screening to low-income people in our state.
While colon cancer screening is not yet available in Kitsap County, more than 30,000 women in Kitsap, King, Clallam, and Jefferson Counties have benefitted from screening mammograms and Pap tests since 1994.
CONSIDER THESE FACTS
- Low-income people are less likely to receive cancer screening, due to costs, so are more likely to find cancers at later stages.
- Mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early when it is most treatable.
- Invasive cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, thanks to the effectiveness of the Pap test.
WHO’S ELIGIBLE FOR MAMOGRAMS AND PAP TESTS?
- Females, ages 40 through 64;
- Income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level;
- Limited or no health insurance;
- Women between the ages of 35 and 39 with a breast symptom can be enrolled in the program if they meet the income and insurance status outlined above.
To learn more about the program—and screenings in Kitsap County—call us at 360-728-2235.
The following organizations provide funding for the program:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
- Washington State Department of Health
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate;
- American Cancer Society;
- Breast Cancer Prevention Fund.