Every Woman (and Man) Counts

As much as the rest of the U.S. and perhaps more so because of the cost of living here, many California women have been affected by the recession through corporate downsizing, “tough” job market entry for 20-somethings, “tougher” re-entry for older, experienced workers, “suggested” early retirement for those aged 55 or over, and other income-sapping scenarios.

Some of us have turned to part-time and seasonal jobs, self-employment, or a combination thereof for work opportunities, which leaves few affordable options for well-woman health care. And some women have been denied health-insurance coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.

I’d never thought of my blog as a medium for public health announcements, but there’s a cancer-prevention program that female residents of California should know about. Early detection and treatment need not wait, even when the cost of health care is an issue.

The Teal and White ribbon is the symbol for ce...

The Teal and White ribbon is the symbol for cervical cancer awareness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every Woman Counts (EWC) provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap tests to California’s underserved women. EWC is part of the Department of Health Care Service’s Cancer Detection and Treatment Branch.

You may qualify for cervical cancer prevention services if you live in California and:

–are 21 years old or older

–have low-income according to EWC criteria*

–have limited or no insurance

–are not receiving services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program.

Hypnotically Pink for the Cure (1488505615)

Hypnotically Pink for the Cure (1488505615) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may qualify for breast cancer screening if you live in California and:

–are 40 years or older

–have low-income according to EWC criteria*

–have no or limited insurance

–are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program

Call Every Woman Counts at: 1-800-511-2300, Monday through Friday, for more information.

Representatives speak English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese. They will refer qualified applicants to participating neighborhood doctors.

Even if you don’t qualify, your local Every Woman Counts representative may know of other low-cost providers available in your area.

These regional contractors are also your link to support groups, advocacy groups and the latest information on what’s happening in your community.

Find out more at the Every Woman Counts website, *including EWC income criteria: HERE

If you are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer:

Free treatment is available to all Californians who qualify through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP).

CALL 1-800-824-0088 to speak with a BCCTP eligibility specialist.

Click HERE for more information about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program.

MEN concerned about prostate cancer can learn about the IMPACT program IMProving Access, Counseling & Treatment for Californians with Prostate CancerHERE

Non-Californians, if you’re familiar with similar health-care programs in your state, please feel free to leave a comment including the website link. Or ping me back to your blog post. : )

Good health and good luck to all.

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4 thoughts on “Every Woman (and Man) Counts

    1. Judy Lesko Post author

      If it saves someone’s life, I’d be really happy. At the very least, I hope it helps someone find access to basic health care. Thank you for commenting : )

      Reply

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