Only a third of women in our region take advantage of these free screenings. (Source: WALB)
Cindy Walters (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -
Only a third of the women here in our region are taking advantage of free cervical and breast cancer screenings.
To help reduce the impact of breast and cervical cancers, the Georgia Department of Public Health provides the service to uninsured women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in Georgia.
Director of Women's Health Cindy Walters said a lot of cancers in our area go undetected.
"The one thing that we're looking at is, if we can catch this early on, then we can give these women such better outcomes, and get them treated, and get them the help that they need before they get to that stage," Walters said.
You have to be a Georgia resident but you do not have to be a legal citizen to receive the services.
There is no charge for for women enrolled in the program.
Even if you are insured, you may still be eligible for free screenings.
Call your local public health department to find out.