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Approximately 2,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 190 are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Arizona each year. Every year, 550 women will die of breast cancer and 90 will die from cervical cancer.

These are preventable deaths that could have been avoided through regular screening exams. The key to increasing the population of cancer survivors is to increase the proportion of cancers diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease. It is only through early detection and treatment that a woman's chance of survival is increased.

Well Woman Health Check Program (WWHP) is a federally funded program through Arizona Department of Health Services since 1999, with the goal of preventing mortality from breast and cervical cancer. Health screening services are provided qualifying uninsured and underinsured women with household incomes between 100% and 250% of the Federal Poverty level. Well Woman HealthCheck also seeks to increase the proportion of women who are rescreened regularly to ensure early detection and prevention.

Find out if you qualify - WWHP Eligibility Requirements

Free services provided:

Clinical Breast Exam
Pelvic Exam
Mammogram
Pap Smear
Case Management
Diagnostic Procedures

Women diagonsed with breast or cervical cancer will be screened for eligibility and referred to the Breast and Cervical Cacer Treatment Program

Regional Center for Border Health,Inc. (RCBH) is the lead agency responsible to carry out the WWHP program in Yuma County.

Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. is also coordinating and sponsoring the Yuma County Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition who presents the Annual Yuma County Pink Tea to raise funds for emergency medical expenses for the uninsured and underinsured women who are identified with cancer.

What does the program do?

The Program funds the following services for qualifying women:

•  Clinical Breast exam
•  Breast self-exam introduction
•  Mammogram (screening and diagnostic)
•  Pap Smear
•  Pelvic Exam
•  Diagnostic Procedures

Opportunities for Health Care

•  Be a participating provider by designating a number of screening appointments to be performed under WWHP
•  Provide follow-up treatment on a reduced or no cost basis
•  Facilitate ongoing educational efforts for breast and cervical cancer prevention
•  Participate on the coalition

Benefits for Health Care Providers

•  Reimbursement based on Medicare allowable expenses and other factors
•  Be a part of a county-wide effort to reduce breast and cervical cancer
•  Contribute to developing a prevention-oriented community

Benefits to Yuma County Participants

By being involved in Well Woman Healthcheck, participants will:

Receive annual screenings and mammography
Gain an awareness of preventive self-care
Help reduce the mortality rate of breast and cervical cancer

Yuma County Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition

In 1997, Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services / Well Woman Health Check Program developed the Yuma County Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition. Its mission: to decrease the mortality rate of breast and cervical cancer in all women in Yuma County, through education, outreach, screening, treatment, community awareness and involvement. The Coalition's purpose is to address the comprehensive breast and cervical cancer needs of women in Yuma County and develop a need's assessment and action plan.

Mission Statement
To decrease the mortality rate of breast and cervical cancer in all women in Yuma County; through education, outreach, screening, treatment, community awareness and involvement.

Coalition Members
ACS Resource Center
"Círculo de Esperanza" Support Group
George B. Deckey, MD
Ft. Yuma Hospital, Indian Health Services
Ahmed Kemmou, MD
Emma Luna
Norma Lozano
Planned Parenthood of Arizona
Sarah H. Lydick
Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. / WWHP
Ana Robles
San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Inc.
Sunset Community Health Center
Alicia Urban
Yuma Breast Cancer Support Group
Yuma Regional Medical Center Foundation

FOUNDRAISING EVENTS

Yuma County Annual Pink Tea

This event has been established to raise the awareness of the need for early detection and treatment of breast and cervical cancer. During the Pink Tea we celebrate life with cancer survivors, their families and friends, and we offer encouragement, support and hope to those that have been affected by this devastating disease and, most of all, it is a way to educate the Yuma County citizens and leaders about the issues surrounding breast cancer.

Annual Fashion Show

The Fashion Show is an event where breast cancer patients, survivors, friends and supporters gather for an afternoon to celebrate beauty, life and survivorship, while raising funds in support of the Yuma County Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition. Tha Fashion Show is a unique event, because most of the models are breast cancer survivors. This event gives survivors a time to shine, feel beautiful and special, and recognized for all they've been trough.


PINK RIBBON LICENSE PLATE

Your License Plate Can Help Save a Life!

Help provide vital breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to unisured women throughout Arizona by purchasing a speciality PINK RIBBON/CANCER Awareness License Plate. A percentage of the fee for this speciality plate directly supports the Well Woman HealthCheck Program. $25 initial application fee/ $25 annual renewal. No special requirements. Available to everyone.
$17 goes to a special fund administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services for breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic awareness and outreach services in Arizona. May be ordered online. May be personalized with maximum of 6 characters. Also available with a disability symbol. Or go to the ADOT website


Also Visit:
Well Woman Health Check
Health Check/ Breast and Cervical
Cancer Screening Services
Entre Amigas / Between Friend
Health Education Program
Woman to Woman
Health Education Program
 
Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. 2010.