(ILLINOIS) — The month of January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and eligible women in two counties can get free screenings.
The program is for uninsured women living in Illinois. You must be between 35 and 64 years old.
If you’ve been diagnosed previously, you may be able to get free treatment.
We spoke to a health educator who says getting checked out is so important to early detection.
“It just really helps them get access to screening services because cervical cancer typically has no symptoms. The only way to find out if someone has cervical cancer is typically through a screening,” says Ford County Health Educator Megan Ruetter.
She also says getting an early diagnosis means a higher success rate for treatments.