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Women’s Health Network (WHN) Resources for Patients

WHN provides education and patient navigation services to help men and women in Massachusetts get the important cancer screenings they need to be healthy.

What services are available through the Women's Health Network?

The WHN can help you manage your healthcare by:

  • Teaching you about your health and the steps you can take to stay healthy
  • Connecting you to the care you need
  • Making your appointments
  • Helping you find transportation or childcare
  • Understanding your test results
  • Connecting you to resources in your community
  • Helping you make healthy choices
  • Scheduling the screenings you need
  • Assisting with payment for cancer screening and diagnostic services if you are uninsured

Why should I be screened for cancer?

Breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers may not always cause symptoms, but there are screening tests that can prevent these cancers or find them early, when treatment works best.

  • The risk for breast cancer increases with age. Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should be screened.
  • All women are at risk for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the easiest cancers to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early.
  • All men and women, ages 50 or older, should be screened for colorectal cancer. If a member of your family has had colorectal cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend starting screening earlier.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/cancerscreenings.

How can I get connected to WHN services?

The Program Sites page list all of the WHN sites or call 1-877-414-4447 (TTY 617-624-5992) toll-free to find a Care Coordination Program near you. Help is available by phone in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Many WHN locations provide services in Spanish, as well as in other languages. Call the toll-free number to find out which location best fits your needs.

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