The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) helps eligible women get free breast and cervical cancer screenings, such as mammograms, clinical breast exams, pap tests, and other follow-up tests.

Over the course of a lifetime, one in eight women (12%) will be diagnosed with breast cancer. As women age, their risk increases. Women with close relatives who have breast cancer have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.

You may qualify for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program if:

• You are a woman, aged 45-65; or 35-44 with breast symptoms or concerns.

• You do not have health insurance, or your insurance policy has a high deductible for screenings and tests.

• Your income is within the guidelines. For example; a single person with an annual gross income of $31,225 or under would qualify for the program. And a family size of 2 with an annual gross income of $42,275 or under would also qualify. If your family size is 3 or greater, please contact your coordinator for additional family member guidelines.

Even if you do not qualify for help from the WWWP, there are steps women can take to help maintain optimal health:

• Stay at a healthy weight.

• Exercise regularly.

• Limit alcohol consumption.

• Eat nutritious food.

• Don’t start to smoke; but if you do smoke, you can get help quitting by calling the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-784-8669.

• Have regular breast and cervical cancer screenings.

For more information about the Wisconsin Well Women Program, please call Jill Johnson at the Polk County Health Department at (715) 485-8500.