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Shoals Clinic to Host Free Women’s Health Fair

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Shoals Community Clinic, along with the University of North Alabama (UNA) College of Nursing, will host a free women’s health fair this month.

The event aims to provide free services to women ages 40-64 without health insurance or a primary care physician, and women 65 and older who only have Medicare A. The show will be held April 21-22 at the clinical.

“Due to the COVID pandemic, many have [postponed] these important procedures,” read a statement from the Shoals Community Clinic. “Breast and cervical cancers continue to be the leading causes of illness and death among women, and it is important to benefit from these preventive screenings.

The program is supported by the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) and is part of a national initiative to offer cancer screenings to more than five million women .

“The program has benefited thousands of women across the state who would not otherwise have had access to this preventative care,” the statement continued.

The health fair is named after Catherine Semmes Barnes, one of the clinic’s founders and first directors. The clinic called Barnes, “an inspiration to women battling this disease.”

“Early detection is a key factor in treatment and survival from a possible cancer diagnosis, so it is very important that everyone consults with their health care provider to schedule regular checkups,” the statement concludes.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Shoals Community Clinic at 256-760-4713.