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Rex, Alliance Provide Free Cervical Cancer Screenings

Partnership provided increased access to much-needed preventive health services for uninsured

RALEIGH, N.C. - On Saturday, February 26, Rex Healthcare partnered with Alliance Medical Ministry to increase access to preventive health services, by sponsoring free pap smears for uninsured women. The annual event is the only one of its kind in Wake County and provided free cancer screenings to 125 women in the area. Alliance Medical Ministry and other local nonprofit representatives were also on hand to provide references to local health resources.

"Early detection is key to identifying those who might be predisposed to cervical cancer or identifying those with early stage cervical cancer that can be treated optimally," said Vickie Byler, director of Rex Cancer Center. "Through this free screening, Rex's goal is to provide a much-needed health care service for uninsured women and increase the awareness about routine health practices that could potentially save lives. We are very thankful to Alliance Medical Ministry, all of our Rex co-workers and other volunteers who helped make this event possible."

During the event, Rex Healthcare provided support to Alliance Medical Ministry with physician, nurse and lab volunteers, as well as interpretation of all the organization's lab screenings. On an annual basis, Rex Healthcare sponsors cervical and breast screenings at Alliance Medical Ministry, as well as a prostate screening event at the Rex Senior Health Center.

"Alliance Medical Ministry is able to fulfill our mission of providing affordable, quality health care to working, uninsured adults in Wake County through the generous support of organizations like Rex Healthcare," said Regina Heroux, director of programs at Alliance Medical Ministry. "As demonstrated by the number of women who stood in line Saturday, there is a great need for these services and opportunities in our community. We are very thankful to the numerous volunteers who donated their time and expertise for this event."

Participants who qualified to receive the cervical cancer screening were uninsured women between the ages of 21 and 64 who had not received a pap test in the past year or had a hysterectomy or previous history of cervical cancer.

Rex Healthcare works with the subspecialty physician and care providers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to offer the highest level of care to women in and around Wake County.