Illinois proposal would fund breast cancer screenings and treatment for uninsured patients

There’s a new proposal to save the lives of black men and women in Illinois.

According to Omatola Gordon Rose, director of health equity initiatives at the Susan G. Komen Foundation, research shows that black women die at a higher rate than white women from breast cancer.

She said the disparity is particularly large in Cook County.

A new proposal from the state legislature would funnel money from mammography awareness license plates to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

Funds are currently directed exclusively to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

The IBCCP offers free cancer screenings and treatment to Illinois women who do not have insurance.

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“Taxpayers don’t have to be held accountable for helping women with breast cancer or men with breast cancer. It actually allows people to volunteer to buy a license plate to support the cause,” said State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Illinois), who is sponsoring the legislation.

He says 11,240 Illinois women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

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