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Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program

Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program

In 1990, Congress enacted a law that directs the CDC to offer grants to states to establish screening and diagnosis programs to increase early detection of these cancers.  The objective is to reduce morbidity and prevent mortality from breast and cervical cancer.  States receiving funding must provide breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women; provide appropriate services and/or referrals for both diagnosis and treatment; develop and disseminate information and education to health professionals, the general public and women in the target groups; establish mechanisms to monitor the quality of screening procedures; and evaluate program implementation according to NBCCEDP guidelines.As a TBCSP site, Christ Community Health Services refers hundreds of women each year for critical screening and diagnostic services that, as many have indicated, they may not be able to afford without this program.

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