Increase funding for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings
Cancer screenings save lives. But, even today, too many women don't have access to lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, like mammograms and pap tests.
- Uninsured and underinsured women have lower screening rates for mammograms, resulting in a greater risk of being diagnosed at a later, more advanced stage of disease.
- Cancer screening in Florida is not equitable. Women of color are screened for breast and cervical cancer at lower rates.
- The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting unemployment and loss of health insurance coverage is likely to result in increased need for screening services.
- The Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides no or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings for lower income, uninsured and underinsured Floridian women; however, with current funding levels, the program reaches less than ten percent of the eligible population.
I'm calling on the Florida Legislature to increase the funding for The Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to protect women in Florida, while ensuring they have access to the lifesaving cancer screenings they need.