National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 2003
This month marks the 19th observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. This year, more than 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die. While scientists have not uncovered the exact cause of breast cancer, many advances have been made in identifying various risk factors, and developing prevention and treatment options. Regular mammograms and self exams remain the best way to detect this cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most easily treated. Early detection saves lives, because when caught early, many cases of breast cancer can be cured. As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October, is highlighting some of the benefit programs available to help women in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including resources on screening tests and treatments, visit

  • National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

  • The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) builds the infrastructure for breast and cervical cancer early detection by supporting public and provider education, quality assurance, surveillance, and evaluation activities critical to achieving maximum utilization of the screening, diagnostic and case management services. For more information visit

  • Medicaid Program

  • The Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each individual State. Thus, a person who is eligible for Medicaid in one State may not qualify in another State. You must check with the Medicaid office in the state you live in to confirm your eligibility to receive benefits. For more information visit