In the last decade, the survival rate for breast cancer has significantly increased. As of 2022, the survival rate for localized breast cancer is 99%, and the survival rate for metastatic breast cancer is 86%. The increase in survival rate can be attributed to early detection. In addition, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. The cervical cancer death rate dropped significantly with the increased use of the Pap test. VACF takes part in fighting breast cancer by offering health navigation, education, and linkage to various free and low-cost screenings such as clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap tests, etc.
It is ideal for women to understand when to consult their doctor in regard to breast health. Through the consultation, they can obtain common screening, and diagnostic tests, such as mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and clinical breast exams, in order to learn about their breast health.
Cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented, by having regular screening tests. If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers.
Every Woman Counts (EWC)
Every Woman Counts (EWC) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up services. This includes mammograms, Pap, and HPV test to eligible individuals in California. The EWC program saves lives by preventing and reducing the devastating effects of cancer for Californians through education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and integrated preventive services.