Eligible women can receive free breast cancer screenings, and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center can connect them to local providers who provide the screenings.

The Women’s Wellness Connection urges women age 40 and older to talk to their doctors about screening during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Free breast and cervical cancer screenings are available through the Connection to low-income women ages 40 to 64 through 45 community providers statewide, a press release stated.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Colorado among women, killing about 600 women annually, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer is most treatable when it is detected early.

The Women’s Wellness Connection has served Colorado’s low-income, uninsured women for 25 years, with almost 31 percent of its almost $6.5 million budget coming from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Women’s Wellness Connection has made pap tests and mammograms accessible and free for all eligible women,” said Emily Kinsella of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to get screened.”

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to remind the women in our lives to get screened,” HRRMC Foundation Director Kimla Robinson said. “We are proud to work with the Women’s Wellness Connection to offer free mammograms and pap tests to women who need them but can’t afford them.”

HRRMC community health worker Brenda Gentile will provide Women’s Wellness Connection information at HRRMC Women’s Health Day Oct. 20 at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

To find local providers who provide the free screens, contact Gentile at 207-2088.

For more information on where to find a provider, visit womenswellnessconnection.org or call 866-951-WELL.

For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center press release

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