The Demise of Cancer Screening Programs Increases Risk for Low-Income Women

Mammogram screening

By Katherine Acuna

Cancer screening programs once offered free for low-income women are becoming non-existent due to government budget cuts, which may be fatal for some.
A major factor to survive a breast or cervical cancer diagnosis is through early detection because the most forms of cancer are more responsive to treatment in the early stages of the disease. The most affected are Latino and African-American women, about 47 percent of nation’s uninsured, according to the Department of Health and Human Service’s annual report. With fewer programs available and increasing waiting lists, low-income women are more likely to die unnecessarily. Social services are in critical need with the on-going recession and high unemployment rates, yet 41 states are planning to cut state-funded healthcare programs.

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