Free breast and cervical cancer screening is available in all 68 of the U.S. states, tribes and territories through a program that has been in existence for 20 years.  The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides access to free or low cost mammograms and Pap tests to under-insured and uninsured women.   To receive services through this program,  federal guidelines require a woman to be under-insured or uninsured.  Each state/territory has it's own definitions for these terms.    Women must  be between the ages of 40 and 64 for breast cancer screening.  Cervical cancer screening is also available through this program and there are some states that offer coverage for treatment if cancer is detected.    An estimated 8-11% of women throughout the US are eligible to receive services.   To find out if you qualify for free or low-cost mammograms and Pap tests, contact your local program by visiting http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/cancercontacts/nbccedp/contacts.asp or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

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Breast cancer is mostly curable if found early and given good treatment. Screening is a way to detect it at its early stage. Bear this in mind: breast cancer screening can save you life. Take the time to do it. One in 9 women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. One in 27 will die of it. Breast cancer attacks mainly women, however there's 1% of breast cancer patients are men.Good news is that most of breast cancer patients will survive and still live a healthy life if diagnosed early and treated properly. The important thing we can do is do regular screening. It's a way to check if there are any changes in the breasts that may lead to problems. Screening includes a breast x-ray (mammogram), clinical breast examination (a physical exam of the breasts by a health care professional, CBE for short) and breast self-examination (BSE).

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