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DHMHBlog : State Receives Grant to Address Breast Health Disparities

State Receives Grant to Address Breast Health Disparities
 
The Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCP) in the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control has received a $249,700 grant from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure to address disparities in breast health.

The Maryland BCCP strives to increase breast and cervical cancer awareness among uninsured, low-income women. The program provides follow-up diagnoses, public and professional education and assures quality of screening services to women throughout the state. The program will use the grant from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure to embark on a two-year project called, “Community Based Process and Quality Improvements to Eliminate Breast Cancer Disparities in Maryland’s Vulnerable Populations.” The project plans to reduce disparities in the breast health of women residing in counties with high breast cancer mortality rates and limited resources.

The Maryland BCCP will partner with local health departments and community healthcare providers to ensure that women who are vulnerable to disparities because of low income, race, ethnicity or lack of adequate health insurance receive high quality breast cancer screenings, diagnoses and treatment.
Detecting breast cancer early increases the chances of long-term survival and decreases mortality rates. By fostering collaboration and sharing best practices, this project should result in more women receiving mammograms and earlier diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer.

For more information on the Maryland BCCP, visit http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/cancer/SitePages/bccp_home.aspx