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Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to Expand

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to Expand

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.

 
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