Colorado offers free testing to help women fight cervical cancer

The Pap and HPV tests are available free of charge through the Department of Health’s Women’s Wellness Connection program.

COLORADO, United States — The state of Colorado is offering free Pap and HPV tests to help women fight cervical cancer.

The tests are available free of charge for women who qualify through the Women’s Wellness Connection program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

The Women’s Wellness Connection program operates at 100 clinics throughout Colorado and serves eligible individuals ages 21 to 64 with no or limited health insurance.

According to World Health Organizationcervical cancer It is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, yet 92% of women can survive cervical cancer if it is caught early. According to current guidelines, women ages 21 to 64 should be screened for cervical cancer every three to five years with a Pap test and/or an HPV test, according to a press release.

“We’re working to break down barriers to connect people across the country to free, life-saving preventive services,” said Emily Kinsella, Division Manager of Women’s Wellness Connection.

In support of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, the state is encouraging Coloradans to adhere to Pap and HPV tests, which are used to detect cervical cancer early.

Gladys Jones Turnbough, an Aurora cervical cancer survivor and advocate for the services of Women’s Wellness Connection, shares her story openly to encourage others to make their cervical cancer screening a priority.

Having had abnormal Pap smears since her late 20s, Jones Turnbough was 61 in 2013 when she said she had to insist her doctor give her the screening. Her doctor initially believed she was outside the age guidelines for a routine Pap smear. Their persistence in getting the screening paid off when they made a timely discovery: a diagnosis of stage 1 cervical cancer.

“It’s so important to know what’s going on with your body by getting a pap smear,” Jones Turnbough said in a press release. “If you have an abnormal Pap smear, find out why and know there is support.”

For Jones Turnbough, an early diagnosis was key to her successful recovery from the deadly illness. After six weeks of intensive treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy, she was officially declared cancer-free.

In addition to free Pap and HPV tests to screen for cervical cancer, the Women’s Wellness Connection program also offers free breast cancer screening. To learn more about the program, people can visit Women’

People can also call the American Cancer Society at 1-866-951-9355 for help locating a clinic that offers free or low-cost cancer screening as part of the Women’s Wellness Connection program in their area.



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