Every Woman Counts, California’s Free Cancer Detection Program
Every Woman Counts (EWC), part of the Department of Health Care Service’s Cancer Detection and Treatment Branch (CDTB), is a program in California which offers free breast cancer screenings to woman over 40 and cervical cancer screenings for woman over 21. You must meet these additional qualifications to receive either of these services, as shown below.
- have low income (EWC Income Criteria)
- have no or limited insurance
- are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program
- live in California
Early detection is key. I am happy to share a personal story, a few years ago my mother was debating whether or not she should go in for her annual checkup or wait a few months. I believe God helped her with this decision, she decided to go get checked, why put it off. Unfortunately, they found progressive breast cancer in its early stages. If she had waited on her check up, chances are it would not have turned out so well. Although she still had a battle on her hands, she survived and I am happy to announce she’s doing very well today. Good thing it was detected early!
Free treatment available, for more information on treatment or the EWC program visit http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Cancer/ewc/Pages/default.aspx