Early Detection: A Major Factor in Breast Cancer Survival
With October being breast cancer awareness month were all inundated with statistics about prevention and treatment, but when it comes to the importance of early detection I don’t think we can hear it enough. It is estimated that 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S. in 2011. Although those numbers are discouraging there is hope. More and more women are surviving breast cancer and the one major thing they all have in common is –early detection.
As we know, regular self-exams are good, clinical breast exams are better, and regular mammograms are best. Fortunately, the lack of money and the lack of insurance don’t have to prevent women from accessing these critical services. The CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women across the United States.
The NBCCEDP programs offer the following services for eligible women:
- Clinical breast examinations.
- Pap tests.
- Pelvic examinations.
- Diagnostic testing if results are abnormal.
- Referrals to treatment
You may be eligible for free or low-cost screenings if you meet these qualifications—
- You are between 40 and 64 years of age for breast cancer screening.
- You are between 18 and 64 years of age for cervical cancer screening.
- You have no insurance, or your insurance does not cover screening exams.
- Your yearly income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level
For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/about.htm