According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, each year in the United States, nearly 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 of these women die as a result. While cervical cancer can usually be detected through screenings (pap and HPV tests) and prevented with vaccines, not everyone has access to these services.

Cervical cancer is strongly linked with poverty and lack of access to medical care. Vaccines and screenings can be expensive, and if women do not have available transportation, they often cannot attend necessary screening appointments.

OneWorld seeks to address the affordability barrier by basing charges for uninsured patients’ medical care on a sliding fee scale. Patient cost-sharing pay is determined based on gross household income and size. Thanks to charitable donations from the Weitz family and Immanuel Vision Foundations, OneWorld now has two new vehicles available to provide rides to the Livestock Exchange campus for patients who would otherwise miss their medical appointments because of transportation issues.

Once women have arrived for their appointments, OneWorld provides care in a compassionate, respectful setting. By eliminating the obstacles preventing women from receiving necessary screenings and vaccines, cervical-cancer-related deaths in the Omaha area can be prevented.

To schedule an annual wellness exam, call 402-734-4110.

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