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New health program provides free cancer screenings for women

Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Every Woman’s Life (EWL) is a public health program administered by the Virginia Department of Health. This program provides access to free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services for low-income and uninsured or underinsured women.

EWL provides free routine screening services that include a mammogram and Pap test, as well as diagnostic services and treatment if needed, for women ages 40-64. Diagnostic services are provided for women ages 18-39 who are symptomatic for breast and/or cervical cancer. Routine screening services are not provided for young women in this age group.

The benefit of participating in EWL is early detection of breast and cervical cancer. Early detection of cancer saves lives and increases chances for successful treatment and a complete cure. Participants who receive a diagnosis of cancer in the EWL program may receive cancer treatment free of charge through Medicaid under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act.

EWL is new to the Chickahominy Health District, which serves the counties of Hanover, Goochland, Charles City, and New Kent. The program officially started July 1. Outreach activities to enroll participants are currently underway.

To qualify for free testing, you must be a woman 40-64 years old and a resident of Virginia. You also must lack insurance, be unable to afford to pay your insurance deductible, or have insurance that does not cover screening exams.

Your yearly income must also fall within the 2014 guidelines: Household of one, up to $23,340; household of two, up to $31,460; household of three, up to $39,580; household of four, up to $47,700; household of five, up to $55,820.

If you are interested in obtaining a free mammogram and Pap test and meet all of the eligibility requirements, call the Hanover County Health Department at (804) 365-4326 for scheduling and screening.