Free or Low-cost Breast Cancer Screenings and Treatment in WV
3.5 million women in the United States are living with a history of breast cancer. Approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. In 2018, there will be an estimated 266,000 new cases of female breast cancer and 40,920 deaths attributable to breast cancer, according to a new fact sheet on breast cancer screening and prevention from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among West Virginia women, making up almost 25% of all female cancers. The majority of breast cancers are found in women; however, it does occur in men. Getting a routine breast cancer screening is the best way to lower your risk of dying from breast cancer. Screening can help find cancer at an early state when treatment is most effective. For more information about breast cancer, check-out www.breastcancer.org.
The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for eligible women in West Virginia. To be eligible for the Program, a woman must be a West Virginia resident between the ages of 25 and 65 years, be uninsured or underinsured, and be at or below 250% of the federal poverty level ($30,350 income per year for 1 person; $51,950 income per year for a family of 3). Women who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through the Program may be eligible to receive treatment through West Virginia Medicaid. For more information about the Program call 1-800-642-8522 or visit www.wvdhhr.org/bccsp.