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Date: 12/1/2010 

Number: 10-096 

Contact: Al Lundeen - (916) 440-7259 


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) breast cancer detection program announced it is reopening enrollment to women age 40 and older effective today, Dec. 1. The Every Woman Counts program provides breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to low-income women.

“Our top priority is to provide breast cancer screening services to as many low-income California women as possible under the Every Woman Counts program,” said CDPH Director Dr. Mark Horton. “We are very pleased to be able to reopen the program to qualifying low-income women age 40 and older. Early detection can save a life, and I strongly encourage all eligible women to take advantage of this service.” 

The Every Woman Counts program was established by the federal Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990 and the state Breast Cancer Act of 1993. Due to an unprecedented fiscal challenge resulting from an increased demand for breast cancer screening services and declining tobacco tax revenues, all new enrollment into the program was frozen on Jan. 1, 2010.

However, as a result of a $20 million budget augmentation approved by Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature, as well as additional savings realized from programmatic changes and efficiencies, the Every Woman Counts program is now able to reopen enrollment for breast cancer screening services for women age 40 and older.

As of Dec. 1, the Every Woman Counts breast cancer screening program will provide services to qualifying women age 40 and older. It is estimated that the program will provide services to more than 300,000 women during the current fiscal year. Women can call the program's toll free number to determine if they are eligible (800) 511-2300.

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