Throughout the month of October we’re featuring Community Health Centers and the work they are doing to fight breast cancer, a disease that affects 1 in 8 women. In Colorado, an innovative program from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is giving women access to mammograms and more via their health centers in Routt and Moffat counties. The VNA is part of the Women’s Wellness Connection program–an initiative by the Colorado Department of Public Health–that encourages women 40+ to receive regular breast cancer screenings to catch signs of the disease early, when survival rates are highest.
But the VNA also goes a step further. “The Women’s Wellness Connection can help pay for diagnostic screenings for women whose mammograms detect breast abnormalities and possible cancer. If cancer is found, the program will connect her with the help she needs to receive treatment,” writes VNA’s Tamera Manzanares.
Read more about this great program at VNA’s blog. Is your health center working to reduce breast cancer in the community? Tell us about it and we will feature it on this blog.