T he Access to Breast Care for West Texas (ACB4WT) grant program, funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), has just received an extension on a 3-year grant that started the program in 2010.
The 6 -month extension will allow ABC4WT to continue to provide women without access to health care the opportunity for breast health screening. The C-STOPP (Cancer screening, Treatment, Outreach, and Prevention for the Panhandle) program assists women age 40 and older who are uninsured for breast and cervical cancer services. C-STOPP covers 11 counties in the Texas Panhandle.
"We've built a network of 8 different mammogram providers so that women who need mammogram services don't have to travel to Amarillo to get them," said ABC4WT Grant Coordinator Sharon Felts. "We have them in all 4 areas of the Texas Panhandle."
Thanks to ABC4WT's efforts, 7 cancer patients were found in July of 2013 due to services for eligible and uninsured women.
"We had this new sleuth of women, about 7 just in one month who never had screening mammograms before, or already knew they had a lump but they didn't know what to do about it, or were too scared or too poor to do anything about it," said Program Director Dr.. Rakhshanda Rahman. "Once we got the message out, educated them, we were able to find 7 new cancers, all of them are currently under treatment."
ABC4WT program directors said their success the past 3 years, and the extension, would not have been possible without help from medical facilities around the Panhandle.
For more information on ABC4WT and to see if you qualify, visit www.abc4wt.org.