|October 24, 2003
Governor announces funding for breast and cervical cancer outreach
CHICAGO, Ill Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that nearly $10 million will be targeted this fiscal year for breast and cervical cancer screenings and educational outreach throughout Illinois and he pledged next year will bring even more spending.
Using a combination of faith-based and community-based organizations and health centers, clinics and hospitals, the state will make use of $6 million in federal funds and $4 million in state dollars to reach almost 30,000 women in hard-to-reach communities to stress the importance of early detection of breast and cervical cancer, screening and treatment.
Breast and cervical cancer robs our state of nearly 3,000 women each year, Blagojevich said. Unfortunately, women in some communities in our state generally communities that are disproportionately poor and disproportionately minority dont always have the access to care they need. That has got to change.
We are determined to make sure that every woman, no matter where she lives, no matter how much money she has, has access to the screenings, to the early detection and to the care she needs to keep her healthy.
The Governor added $2 million to the current fiscal year budget to aid with the breast and cervical cancer outreach effort fulfilling a campaign promise and today pledged to double that amount to $4 million in the fiscal year 2005 budget he will introduce next spring.
Even though we found ourselves cutting more than $1.5 billion in spending, with the increased funding, spending for breast and cervical cancer screenings now totals nearly $10 million, Blagojevich said before telling a crowd of 300 at Mt. Sinai Hospital that next year will bring additional spending. I feel good about this, but you havent seen anything yet. Next year, we are determined to do even more. Giving women access to the screenings and to the treatment they need will always be a priority for my administration. Today is only a beginning.
The state program, as outlined by the Governor, includes:
Mortality rates are significantly lower for white women than African-American and Hispanic women. Reasons for this disparity include lower incomes and the lack of health insurance, which prevents appropriate screenings and follow-up treatment.
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