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OnPoint on WACH Fox: Health disparities and SC women

COLUMBAI, SC (WACH) - This week on OnPoint on WACH Fox we examine health disparities and women in South Carolina.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control offers something called the Best Chance Network and it is pulling women out of the shadows to help save lives.

According to a recent Kaiser Foundation report, rural South Carolina has one of the highest rates of uninsured women in the nation. Couple that with high rates of breast and cervical cancer, heart disease and stroke, especially in the state’s rural areas, and you can see how that might be a recipe for disaster.

Rural women experience poorer health outcomes and have less access to healthcare than women who live in urban centers. Many rural areas have limited numbers of healthcare providers, especially women’s health providers.

That’s where the Best Chance Network comes in. The program provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for South Carolina women.

Best Chance Network’s companion program Wise Woman provides heart disease and stroke prevention health screening. All free to qualifying residents.

Click here to learn more about who qualifies for the services.

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