For Immediate Release
March 15, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Early Detection Works partners with Hiawatha Community Hospital

Kick-off event March 20, 10 a.m., Fisher Community Center

Free breast and cervical cancer screening services will now be available at Hiawatha Community Hospital for qualifying medically underserved women.  Hiawatha Community Hospital has contracted with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Early Detection Works (EDW) Program to provide these screening and diagnostic services for qualifying women.

In recognition of this new service for medically underserved women in Brown County and surrounding areas, the public is invited to attend a kick-off event on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Fisher Community Center at 201 E. Iowa Street, Hiawatha, Kansas. The event is made possible through funding by the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The theme of the event is “Do Your Spring Screening.”  There will be information about Early Detection Works, breast and cervical cancer prevention as well as food and door prizes, which will be provided through the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Fredia Perkins from the Four Tribes Women’s Wellness Coalition will speak on her experience as a survivor of breast cancer.  Eligible women can sign up for services at the event; a process that usually takes a few minutes and requires no paperwork.

The goal of EDW is to prevent death from breast and cervical cancer by helping women find this cancer in the early, most treatable stages.  Breast cancer can be successfully treated or cured in as many as 98 percent of cases, when it is detected in the early or localized stages.  Cervical cancer can be cured or even prevented by regular screenings which include a pelvic exam and Pap exam. 

Eligibility for EDW is determined by calling toll free, 1-877-277-1368.  Enrollment numbers are issued to qualifying women, and they are referred to a contracted healthcare provider to set their appointments individually to receive the screening services.  

Women eligible for EDW must be 40-64 years of age and have a household income within 225 percent of federal poverty guidelines. For a household of one, this amounts to $1,950 per month.  They must be without health insurance, or have inpatient-only private insurance with a minimum $2,500 unmet deductible.  If screenings detect abnormalities, EDW will pay for most diagnostic procedures.  Uninsured Kansas women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through EDW receive treatment through Medicaid under the federal “Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act.”  Limited services are also available for uninsured women under the age of 40 who present symptoms of breast or cervical cancer.

“Early Detection Works would like to thank Hiawatha Community Hospital for their dedication in establishing a contract to provide these services to women in Brown County and the surrounding areas,” Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary, said.