Well Woman HealthCheck Program
ATTENTION: Due to funding issues, we will be unable to enroll new clients.
In the meantime, you may try the following:
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women in good health should be annually screened for breast and cervical cancer starting at age 40. Early cancer detection can make all the difference in survival and quality of life.
However, cancer screening procedures, like a mammogram or a pap smear, can be cost prohibitive. Many women who cannot afford to be regularly screened for breast and cervical cancer are at risk for a later detection when the cancer could be more advanced.
The Maricopa County Well Woman HealthCheck Program is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCED) - funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administered through the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).
The Well Woman HealthCheck Program offers breast and cervical cancer screening to qualifying women over the age of 40. Screening services are performed by licensed professional healthcare providers throughout Maricopa County.
A Well Woman HealthCheck breast and cervical cancer screening includes:
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Annual Well Woman HealthCheck Office Visit
Clinical Breast ExamA clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.
MammogramA mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the best screening tool widely available to detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages.
Pelvic ExamA pelvic exam is a complete physical exam of a woman's pelvic organs by a health professional. A pelvic exam helps a health professional evaluate the size and position of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Pap SmearThe Pap Test, also called the Pap smear, is a cervical cancer screening test. The test can find abnormal cells in the cervix that may turn into cancer if they are not treated. During the test, the doctor or nurse uses a plastic or metal instrument, called a speculum, to widen the vagina. This helps the doctor or nurse examine the vagina and cervix, and collect a few cells and mucus from the cervix and area around it. These cells are placed on a slide and sent to a laboratory to be checked for abnormal cells.
Visit the ADHS Well Woman HealthCheck Program site for eligibility details: WWHP Eligibility Requirements
**If you qualify for the WWHP, you may also be eligible for the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program, a free colon cancer screening and diagnostic program. Visit the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program website to find out more.
How to Apply
Find a WWHP provider near you or call 602.506.3000 or 1.888.257.8502
Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)
In Arizona, uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer on or after August 2, 2012, may be able to receive comprehensive treatment through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) provided by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
BCCTP Eligibility Requirements & Application Process
Pink Ribbon License Plate:
Your License Plate Can Help Save a Life!
Help provide vital breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to uninsured women throughout Arizona by purchasing a specialty Pink Ribbon/Cancer Awareness License Plate. A percentage of the fee for this specialty plate directly supports the Well Woman HealthCheck Program.
Learn more about the Pink Ribbon License Plate