Willis Promotes Free Cancer Screenings During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Willis Promotes Free Cancer Screenings During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – As Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins this October, state Rep. Kathy Wills, D-Northlake, is highlighting the Illinois Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), which provides free screenings to Illinois women who lack access to health care coverage.

“A woman’s economic situation should not prevent her from receiving lifesaving procedures that literally save thousands of lives each year,” Willis said. “As Breast Cancer Awareness month draws to a close, I wanted to highlight these screenings and encourage women to use this resource that could potentially save their lives.”

Willis is encouraging women in need to participate in the Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP). The program is operated by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and provides eligible women free breast exams and mammograms, as well as Pap tests and pelvic exams. Women are eligible for these services if they are an uninsured Illinois resident between the ages of 35 and 64. Additionally, if someone who is enrolled in the IBCCP is diagnosed with cancer through the program’s screenings and tests, they would be eligible to receive treatment benefits. For more information, please visit www.dph.illinois.gov or call the Illinois Women's Health-Line at 1-888-522-1282.

This spring, Willis backed a bipartisan, balanced budget that provided $14.5 million for these potentially lifesaving services for Illinois women, as well as legislation to mandate that insure companies cover diagnostic mammograms as part of preventative care.

“Ensuring that all members of our community have access to lifesaving health screenings and affordable, quality care is one of my top priorities,” Willis said. “This past session we made significant progress, but we need to remain vigilant and continue to improve health care for families in Illinois.”