For Immediate Release
January 11, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

January activities for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will host several awareness activities in the Kansas City area during the month of January.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six out of 10 women with cervical cancer have either never received a Pap test or have not been tested in the past five years,” Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary, said. “Pap tests are instrumental in decreasing a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer. When precancerous cells are found early, they are highly treatable.”

KDHE’s Early Detection Works (EDW) program will provide an informational booth at several Kansas City locations to educate Kansans about cervical cancer and about a free cervical cancer screening program available to medically underserved women in Kansas. EDW provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured women age 40 to 64 who meet income guidelines. The services are provided through a network of contracting providers across the state. 

The following is a schedule where EDW staff will be. Enrollment for qualifying women will also be available on-site during these times.

For more information, or to inquire about eligibility and enrollment, call toll-free, 1-877-277-1368 (Spanish is available). Information is also available online at www.preventionworkskansas.org/edw.html.