Recently our daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. She is 44 years old with no family history of breast cancer and uninsured.
Through the grace of God in the form of Lori Boone, a family friend and a nurse of 30 years, we were directed to a little-known program called the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP). Kris was able to get properly qualified so the appropriate testing could begin. Once the diagnosis became clinically official, all her medical expenses will be covered.
The BCCSP is a comprehensive public health program that helps uninsured and underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. Pre-screening services are available so you need not wait for a crisis situation. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and increases survival.
The purpose of this letter is to urge all women without insurance, or even with insurance but are considered low income, to be diligent with self examinations and if you suspect anything please contact Harriet Dial, BCCSP director, at 304-422-1515, and she will direct you to the nearest and most appropriate facility. She travels throughout seven West Virginia counties, so be sure to leave a message and I assure you she will return your call. This could save your life or the life of someone you love.
Mary Lynne Spader