Tri-County health offers free cancer, heart screens for women in Arapahoe, Douglas counties

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Tri-County Health Department’s Peak Wellness program provides low-income, uninsured and under-insured women with free screenings and referrals. The program is an effort to prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The Peak Wellness program is open to women between the ages of 40 and 64 who: meet income guidelines; are legal U.S. residents living in Adams, Arapahoe or Douglas counties; do not have health insurance, are unable to afford their deductible for insurance or do not have insurance that covers a Pap test or mammogram; and have not had a Pap test or mammogram in the past 12 months.

The free visit to a Peak Wellness clinic includes blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index tests to screen for heart disease and diabetes. Clients also receive a clinical breast exam and a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer. Clients can schedule a free mammogram and speak one-on-one with a registered nurse and a registered dietitian.

The program is intended to reduce the incidence of illness and death through early detection and treatment of diseases and to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

“We’re encouraging people to take advantage of our free screenings. With early detection of a potentially life-threatening illness, a client can seek treatment or make lifestyle changes and ultimately be healthy for herself and her family,” said Dr. Richard L. Vogt, executive director. “If heart problems or cancer are detected, we also provide referrals to free or discounted medical services, so that people can receive the follow-up treatments they need.”

The average clinic visit is 90 minutes. Peak Wellness program locations are in Aurora, Castle Rock, Englewood and Northglenn. For more information or to make an appointment, call 303-363-3018 or visit their website at www.tchd.org/peakwellness.htm.