When it comes to breast and cervical cancer, early detection is the key to survival. That's why I wanted to let you know that the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program has been expanded to cover every uninsured woman in Illinois who needs it.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests. Uninsured women age 35 or older can receive free cervical cancer screenings, and women 40 years of age or older can receive free mammograms and breast exams. Through this program, any woman diagnosed with cervical or breast cancer can get the treatment they need. Younger women with symptoms are also eligible for screenings and treatment.
Breast cancer will claim the lives of 1,700 women in Illinois this year. Early detection is the key to surviving. In fact, when breast cancer is diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Early detection means getting screened and finding the cancer before you see symptoms.
Please take advantage of this program and get yourself screened. Go to www.cancerscreening.illinois.gov to get more information or call us at 888-522-1282 (800-547-0466 TTY) to find out if you are eligible. Once you have done that, please go to www.cancerscreening.illinois.gov/tellafriend.cfm and help by telling someone else.
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