South Carolina’s public health agency is getting more money to offer screenings for breast and cervical cancer.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Monday that it had received a $1 million grant.
DHEC offers the screenings through its Best Chance Network. Department officials say the money means DHEC will be able to screen more than 10,000 women across the state.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to serve 3,500 more uninsured, low-income women this year thanks to additional funding from the state,” Virginie Daguise, Ph.D. of DHEC’s Best Chance Network (BCN) said in a statement. “A combination of funding from the state and the federal Centers for Disease Control means we now will be able to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings to more than 10,000 women across our state who would otherwise not have access to these lifesaving services.”
The program offers free screenings to women between ages 47 and 64 who do not have health insurance and meet certain income guidelines. DHEC says more than 3,500 women in South Carolina are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.