Every Woman's Life

Every Woman's Life

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) brings critical breast and cervical cancer screening services to medically under-served women and ethnic minorities who are low income.

The purpose of the program is to reduce morbidity and mortality from breast and cervical cancers.  Fiscal Year 2001 represents the tenth year of the NBCCEDP and the fifth year of the Virginia BCCEDP.  The primary goal of the Virginia BCCEDP is to reduce the breast and cervical cancer mortality rate in Virginia.

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990, Public Law 101-345, authorized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and implement a national program to ensure that every woman, for whom it is deemed appropriate, receives regular screenings for breast and cervical cancer.  The program must also insure that screening tests are performed in accordance with current recommendations for quality assurance and that prompt follow-up occurs when necessary.

A crucial component of the NBCCEDP is to ensure that women with abnormal screening results or who have a diagnosis of cancer receive the follow-up services they need.  However, the legislation that authorizes the NBCCEDP does not allow resources appropriated for the program to be used for treatment.  In fulfilling this component, participating health agencies are required to identity and secure resources for cancer treatment services for women in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

The University of Virginia Health Systems Cancer Center has the local contract with Virginia BCCEDP.