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UVA Program Helping Women Gain Access to Free Cancer Screenings

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Shannon Grady Shannon Grady
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A program at the University of Virginia Medical Center is helping hundreds of women each year gain access to free breast and cervical cancer screenings.

The Every Woman's Life program is designed to serve women between the ages of 40 to 64 who do not have insurance and are not covered by Medicare. The program is funded by the Virginia Department of Health and includes free pap tests, breast exams and mammograms. Other services include some follow-up and diagnostic services, including a breast biopsy.

If you are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, program administrators will work to qualify you for Medicaid to ensure your treatment is paid for.

"We want to help you, serve you. Mothers, daughters aunts... for all the gentlemen out there, you have mothers and daughters, please let them know about Every Woman's Life so that we can get those ladies in and screened, because if you don't know that you have a problem then we can't help, and you might also find out that you're fine and well and that you don't have to worry about it. So get those mammograms," said Every Woman’s Life Administrative Coordinator Shannon Grady.

Every Woman's Life also has a limited number of screenings for women who are between the ages of 18 and 39. If you are in that age range, you must be symptomatic to receive the free services.

If you think you may qualify for these free services, program coordinators say call the line at UVA or access their website. If you do qualify, the program can normally get you in and screened in about three to four weeks.

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