Program Helps Women with Cancer Screenings

"I believe in what I do because I have benefited from these programs and services" said Linda Anderson, a Health Initiative Representative from the American Cancer Society.

Anderson beat breast cancer 25 years ago and because she is a long term survivor she is pushing a program that can help women get screened for breast and cervical cancers who otherwise could not afford to.

"If it’s between putting food on their table or going to the doctors they will not go but if they know this program is available they can go and get the help that they need through this wonderful program" says Anderson.

The Alabama department of public health has teamed up with the cancer society along with the Avon breast cancer foundation.

These organizations use a grant from the c d c that is issued every 5 years.

"They make an appointment, get their clinical breast exam and their pap smear, and get referred to the hospitals that are contracted with us for their mammogram. They just take a voucher and it covers it" says Jackie Wilson from the Alabama Department of Health.

But the help does not end there.

If a lump or abnormality is found, further action must be taken.

"If they are diagnosed in our program by our providers, than they go on Medicaid and their treatments are paid for" said Lucille Latham from the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund.

On average, about 1,200 women each month are screened, but 1,500 more can sign up.

Officials say there are plenty of uninsured or under insured women out there who need the service, but are not aware it's out there.

If you are interested in taking part in this program, you can call to make an appointment.

That number is 1-877-252-3324

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