Axis Health System staff across nine locations are thinking pink this month. They are participating in a Wear Pink Day with a travelling photo booth to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. In a social media campaign, the fun photos draw attention to a serious health topic.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Colorado among females, killing more than 600 women annually. Early detection is critical. When breast cancer is detected early, 97.8 percent of those diagnosed have a five-year survival rate. Likewise, when cervical cancer is diagnosed early, 90 percent of women have a five-year survival rate.

“Often women delay or ignore their own healthcare by placing work, family and other obligations before their own health,” said Connie Fisher of Dove Creek Integrated Healthcare. “Women’s issues should never be considered optional.”

For many Colorado residents, cost and access to insurance can be major barriers to scheduling breast cancer screenings. That’s why free screenings are now available for those who qualify. The Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) program is available in Montezuma County at Cortez Integrated Healthcare and Dolores County at Dove Creek Integrated Healthcare. Staff at these to Axis clinics want to make sure women get screened for breast cancer, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Women’s health-related barriers can negatively impact your life, as well as the lives of your family. Your well-being is a priority for continuing to succeed in your many obligations,” said Fisher. “We are proud to work with the Women’s Wellness Connection to offer free screenings and Pap tests to women who need them but cannot afford them.”

The Women’s Wellness Connection offers free breast and cervical cancer screening to low-income women aged 21 to 64 years through 32 community providers statewide. The program includes Pap tests, pelvic exams, mammogram referrals and health navigators who help connect women with services.

“An estimated 41 percent of adults have delayed or avoided medical care because of the pandemic. This may result in advanced disease and early deaths,” say Emily Kinsella, Women’s Wellness Connection Section Manager at CDPHE. “Women’s Wellness Connection has made screenings accessible and free for all eligible women. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or for your family, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to get back on track with screening. Contact your medical provider today and schedule your screenings. They could save your life.”

 

  • To make an appointment in Dolores County, call Dove Creek Integrated Healthcare at 970.677.2291.
  • For an appointment in Montezuma County, call Cortez Integrated Healthcare at 970.565.7946