Local clinic provider for women’s cancer program

Local clinic provider for women's cancer program Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic is a provider for the South Dakota breast and cervical cancer control program called All Women Count!

The program pays for mammograms, Pap tests, and exams for uninsured and underinsured women. Women must usually be between the ages 40 and 64 and although some exceptions are made for younger women with abnormal findings, Medicare Part B eligible women should contact their Medicare provider for these services.

For more information about eligibility, women can contact Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic at 624-9111 or the S.D. Department of Health at 1-800-738-2301.

Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic joins over 800 individual providers and health care facilities statewide delivering Mammograms, Pap tests and exams for the program. As of Jan. 16, the All Women Count! program has collectively screened over 2,770 women! Twenty-four breast cancers have been diagnosed since the program began screening.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer diagnosis and the second leading cause of cancer death for women in South Dakota. The American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts and Figures 2000 estimates 400 South Dakota women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000.

The report also estimates 100 breast cancer deaths this year in South Dakota. While not as prevalent as breast cancer, cervical cancer continues to affect several South Dakota women each year.

The breast and cervical cancer control program or All Women Count! program is funded through a grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a member of the South Dakota Women's Cancer Network.

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