When it comes to Breast Cancer, we know that early detection saves lives! The Buncombe County Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) offers free lifesaving mammograms to qualifying Buncombe women and transgender individuals who don’t have health insurance. “Last program year, over 1,000 qualifying residents got free mammograms,” reports BCCCP coordinator, Melanie Evans. Melanie continues, “Thanks to our services, eight of those women were diagnosed with breast cancer and were able to seek treatment.”
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is life-changing news. “At Buncombe County BCCCP, we do our best to show up for all of our clients in this emotional time,” says Melanie. “We are here to hold your hand through testing, potential diagnosis, and subsequent treatment to make sure you have all the support and information you need.”
We also offer resources to cover the cost of cancer treatment! NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid is available to help all individuals who receive a cancer diagnosis through the BCCCP program, pay for cancer treatment. This added layer of service allows those who receive a cancer diagnosis to focus of self-care and healing instead of expensive medical bills.
One of our clients lost her job during COVID. Here is what she had to say about our services:
” What I thought would be no more than 2 months out of work, turned into 7 which challenged me in many ways, financially included. The services and assistance you all offered me was exceptional. The entire cost for my breast imaging was covered and I was able to rest assured that I am cancer free. Please know that you greatly enhance people’s lives and truly are a godsend to this community. ”
Remember, early detection saves lives. Find out if you qualify for BCCCP services on our website www.buncombecounty.org/pink. If you meet eligibility criteria and are in need of your annual mammogram, call (828) 250-6006 to schedule your appointment today.
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