WASHINGTON--For the first time since its inception in 1991, funds
from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program will
flow to all 50 states in fiscal 1997, the Department of Health
and Human Services announced.
In addition to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, funds
for the education and screening effort will go to three territories--the
Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Virgin
Islands--and 13 American Indian and Alaska Native organizations.
The CDC program serves low-income and minority women. From its
beginning through May 1996, it has provided 457,600 mammograms
to women--2,495 of whom were diagnosed with breast cancer--and
612,000 Pap tests, which found cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
in 19,166 women and invasive cancer in 239.