Breast and Cervical Cancer in Georgia
It is estimated that 7,170 women in Georgia will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 1,240 will die from the disease.1
Finding breast and cervical cancer at an early stage increases the opportunity for effective treatment and patient survival.
Uninsured and underinsured women have lower screening rates for mammograms and pap tests, resulting in a greater risk of being diagnosed at a later, more advanced, stage of disease.
The Georgia Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention Program provides free pap tests to women aged 21 to 64 and mammograms to women aged 40 to 64 who are uninsured or underinsured and have income below 200% of the federal poverty line.
• From 2009-2014, over 38,022 Georgia women were served by the program.3
• From 2009-2014, the program detected 537 breast cancers and 288 cervical cancers or cancer precursor lesions.4
Continued Need in Georgia
The Affordable Care Act will provide women with greater access to preventive cancer screenings and treatment; however gaps will still remain for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Since Georgia is not participating in Medicaid expansion (see Cover Georgia to learn how you can help change this), more than 165,000 women are being denied access to affordable health care coverage options that cover the full cost of certain preventive services for at-risk women.3
Women diagnosed with cancer through the Georgia Breast & Cervical Cancer Program gain eligibility for comprehensive treatment services through the state Medicaid program and American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Action Network (CAN).
ACS CAN and ARxC encourages policy makers to protect, preserve and maintain eligibility for this life-saving screening and treatment program.
For more information about cancer prevention please go to www.cancer.org.
Call to Action
ACS CAN and ARxC recognizes the enormous impact the Georgia Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention Program has delivered in saving the lives of low-income, uninsured and underinsured women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. The proven success of this early detection program demands state funding levels that will provide access to these services for all eligible women. Increasing dedicated state funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings for low income, uninsured or underinsured women through the Breast & Cervical Health Prevention Program is vital to expand the capacity of the screening program so that no woman is denied these life-saving services.
1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Facts and Figures 2015.
2. American Cancer Society. Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Facts and Figures 2015.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, Program Summaries 2009-2014.
4. Ku et al. Health Care Reform and Women’s Insurance Coverage for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening. George Washington University. 2015.