Well Woman HealthCheck Program
Congratulations to Cancer Control Programs Office Chief Virginia Warren for her CDC recognition!
The Well Woman HealthCheck Program (WWHP) was established in 1993 as part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Arizona, the WWHP is part of the Bureau of Health Systems Development at the Arizona Department of Health Services. The program began screening women for breast and cervical cancer in 1995, and has provided over 73,595 mammograms and 40,563 pap tests. We have diagnosed 891 breast cancer cases, 39 invasive cervical cancer cases, and 348 cases of precancerous cervical lesions since the start of the program through the end of June 2011.
The program helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services, including: clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap tests, and pelvic exams. Diagnostic testing is such as ultrasounds, biopsies, other tests are also available, if screening results are abnormal. Referrals are made for treatment as necessary.
In addition, the Well Woman HealthCheck Program helps verify the eligibility and facilitate the enrollment of uninsured women in Arizona diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or precancerous cervical lesions into the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) provided by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
When possible, Well Women HealthCheck participants are also enrolled in the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck program so that women that qualify for both programs are screened for colon cancer as well.
For the first nine years of the program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were the sole funding source for the WWHP. In 2003, the program was approved by the State legislature to receive funds from the State of Arizona, enabling the program to increase the number of women screened by nearly one-third. The Well Woman HealthCheck Program also receives a percentage of the renewal fees associated with the Pink Ribbon/Cancer Awareness License Plate through the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles to support screening and diagnostic services.
More information on the program's framework and history can be found on the NBCCEDP website, in addition to supplemental data on breast and cervical cancer screening results and outcomes for women served through the program.