Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women. The program is provided for Macoupin County women through the Montgomery County Health Department. Funded cooperatively by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the program was created to provide breast and cervical cancer screening and referrals to low-income, uninsured women. Since the program was launched in Illinois in 1995, almost 35,000 women have been screened for breast and cervical cancers.
In 2000, the U.S. Congress enacted the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act. The Illinois General Assembly followed with similar legislation in May 2001, which was signed into law effective in July 2001. Since August 1, 2001, the IBCCP has been referring enrolled women to the Illinois Department of Public Aid for assistance with cancer treatment; there is no cost for eligible women.
Contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 217-532-2001 ext 209 or visit www.montgomeryco.com/health/BCCP/IBCCP.html for more information.
Cancer Preventing Vaccinations
There are vaccines available to help prevent cervical and liver cancer. For more information call the Immunization Department at: