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Well Woman stresses early detection

Jun. 5, 2013
 
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Women in all of Wisconsin’s counties have access to a program that will fund the expenses of preventive screening for cervical and breast cancer.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program has provided funding for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program since 1994.

There is no premium, deductible or co-payment for WWWP covered services including mammograms, pap and pelvic exams. Women between the ages of 45 and 64 enroll yearly in the income-based program for the coverage.

The program helps the uninsured or underinsured who might have high deductibles or no coverage for prevention screenings, said Mandy Myska, Wisconsin Well Woman coordinator for Marathon County.

“We can get to the point of a diagnosis,” Myszka said.

The screenings are done with a health care provider at a participating clinic such as Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau. Physician assistant at Bridge Sarah Jaeger said the program brings in about 50 women yearly.

They begin the process by enrolling at a county health department. Application guidelines are available at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/P4/P43029.pdf.

Wisconsin Well Woman also provides testing for women with high risk signs of multiple sclerosis.

— 13 for 13 staff

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