The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women. Even if a woman has already been diagnosed with cancer, she may receive free treatment if she qualifies. The program has been providing breast and cervical cancer screenings to the women of Illinois since 1995.
Why are regular screenings so important?
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. However, if it is detected while still in its earlier stages, breast cancer can be successfully treated. Routine mammograms and breast exams can detect cancer early and provide women with better treatment options and results.
Cervical cancer also is treatable if detected early. There are often no noticeable symptoms, so it is important that women get screened regularly and have a Pap test. The test can find any abnormal changes that could turn into cancer.
Does the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offer any treatment options?
Yes. Women who are enrolled in the IBCCP and diagnosed with cancer through the program’s screenings and tests are eligible to receive treatment benefits.
If a woman is not enrolled in the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program but has been diagnosed with cancer, can she still receive free treatment?
Yes, women who meet IBCCP eligibility requirements but are diagnosed outside the current IBCCP sites go straight into the treatment program. This gives women more choices and also avoids penalizing women who did not know about the program but who were screened and diagnosed by their doctor, community health center or other health care facility.
Am I eligible to receive a free screening through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program?
You may be able to receive free services if you are a woman:
How do I apply for benefits through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program?
Diane Tavenner, IBCCP Coordinator