Helping women detect cancer earlier

Raised hands with breast cancer ribbons

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s also a good time to think about gender-specific cancers like cervical and ovarian cancers. We know that early diagnosis can mean better outcomes. Paying for tests and care should not be a barrier for women throughout West Michigan.

The Kent County Health Department Women’s Health Network and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program work to prevent breast and cervical cancer, and to help those diagnosed with the conditions. In 2013, nearly 2,700 women in Kent County received services through the program. The program now also serves surrounding counties.

Free mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams may be available to women who qualify:

  • Between the ages of 40-64
  • Earn less than 250% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • AND uninsured


  • Ages 18-39
  • Identified with a cervical abnormality through the Title X Program
  • Referred to the WHN for cervical cancer diagnostic follow-up

Referrals, treatment and follow-up are also provided for qualifying participants. For more information, go to or call (616) 632-7283.

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