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New Britain General Program Gets $20,000 Grant

New Britain [March 28 2006] - Komen Foundation Grant will Help Uninsured Women Prevent Breast Cancer.

The Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (CBCCEDP) at New Britain General Hospital was recently awarded a $20,000 grant by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Connecticut Affiliate to assist in paying for breast cancer screening services for uninsured and underinsured women.

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helps uninsured, underinsured, and underserved women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for the early detection of breast and cervical cancers. The CBCCEDP is a comprehensive program implemented throughout Connecticut by the NBCCEDP, CDC, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The primary objective is to significantly increase the number of women who receive breast and cervical cancer screening services and diagnostic follow-up, as appropriate.

Many breast cancer screening and diagnostic services are offered free by the CBCCEDP, including office visits, screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast biopsies, breast ultrasounds, fine needle aspirations, and clinical breast exams. However, many costs associated with breast biopsies are not covered. These include pre-operative work and anesthesia. In addition, any additional breast imaging using MRI is not covered by CBCCEDP funds.

This grant money from the Komen Foundation will be used to pay for these services for uninsured and underinsured women enrolled in the CBCCEDP at New Britain General.

For more information please contact Diane Walczok, case manager for the EDP at New Britain General Hospital at 860-224-5505.

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