DHEC gets $76K grant from Lowcountry's 'Komen for the Cure'

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Best Chance Network has been chosen to receive over $76,000 in grant funding from the Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide mammograms to women in poverty, the agency announced Tuesday.

"Last year, the funding provided by the Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure allowed the Best Chance Network to provide over 1,300 mammograms in the Lowcountry to women living in poverty, who may not have had the chance to receive one otherwise," said Dianna Lydiard, DHEC's Best Chance Network program coordinator.

"We are grateful for the chance to provide this important service to help prevent additional cases of cancer in our communities."

According to Lydiard, early detection of breast cancer results in a 98% five-year survival rate and an average cost savings of close to $40,000.

"Last year, the Best Chance Network identified 75 women with breast cancer, including six women funded by the Komen grant who would have otherwise gone undetected," said Lydiard. "Over 40% of women we served had either never had a mammogram or had not had one in over five years."

Best Chance Network is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from organizations like the Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Women between the ages of 47 and 64 who fall within certain income guidelines and have no health insurance are eligible for mammograms and cervical cancer screenings through the Best Chance Network.

For more information on the Best Chance Network, click here.

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