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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 1, 2014

Breast, Cervical Cancer Screening for Millions of US Women

JAMA. 2014;312(13):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11463

During its first 20 years, the federally funded National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provided screening and diagnostic services to more than 4.3 million women, diagnosing 54 276 breast cancers, 2554 cervical cancers, and 123 563 precancerous cervical lesions, according to a recent study (Miller JW et al. Cancer. 2014;120[16 suppl]:2549-2556).

Beginning in 1991, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided funds through the NBCCEDP to state health agencies to provide breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women who otherwise would not have been able to afford the services. Currently, the program funds all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 territories, and 11 tribal organizations.

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