American Cancer Society advocate Ellen Stephenson shares a laugh with friends at the state Capitol. She and other advocates are urging state lawmakers to set aside money for early cancer screening.
St. Petersburg, Florida -- An update now on a story we first told you about in January. For the first time, state funding for a breast and cervical cancer screening program was included in the Florida budget that took effect this month.
Volunteers from the American Cancer Society rallied in Tallahassee this past spring to ask lawmakers to set aside $1.2 million for the Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This will provide cancer screenings and mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women ages 50 to 64.
According to the ACS, the program is particularly important in Florida, which ranks third in the nation for the number of new breast cancer cases and second in the number of breast cancer deaths.
Previously, the program relied on federal funding. Advocates hope the state will eventually match federal funds.