CHICAGO – As part of her efforts to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is highlighting the availability of free breast cancer screenings for Illinois women.

“Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is critical because it is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women,” Harper said. “Yet, far too many women in Illinois are not aware that free screening and treatment options are available.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) operates the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), which offers free breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and pelvic exams. The IBCCP also provides treatment benefits for enrolled patients. Women are eligible for IBCCP services if they are an uninsured Illinois resident between the ages of 35 and 64. Women can find out more information at IDPH’s breast cancer screening website, and make enrollment inquiries by calling the state’s Women’s Health Line toll-free number at 888-522-1282.

“The Illinois Breast and Cervical Program allows women to receive life-saving exams and treatment, regardless of their income,” Harper said. “During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I encourage all women, especially those who are uninsured, to take advantage of the free screening resources available.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, Marquette Park, South Loop and River North.

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