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Women's Health Services

About 11,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. Although it is the most preventable type of cancer, each year cervical cancer kills about 4,000 women in the U.S. and about 300,000 women worldwide. The main barrier for women getting the needed testing and treatment is cost. Through a partnership with ESC’s Community Development Department, funds were made available through the Community Services Block Grant to help low income women pay for the cost of two procedures. Sally sought services from the Women’s Health and Family Planning Clinic for her yearly check-up. After her appointment, she was informed that she had an abnormal pap test. She was able to receive a colposcopy procedure which can detect pre-cancerous cells at no cost. The test results indicated that she needed a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, (LEEP). She received this treatment also at no cost. She was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and needed a radical hysterectomy. The Women’s Health Clinic referred her to Dr. Hunter OB/GYN oncologist  in Columbia for surgery. Sally states she is grateful for everything we have done.