History

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Through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. To improve access to screening, Congress passed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990, which directed CDC to create the NBCCEDP. Currently, the NBCCEDP funds all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 11 American Indian/Alaska Native tribes or tribal organizations. In October 2002 as part of the NBCCEDP, the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) was established at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center's (LSUHSC) School of Public Health. The program operates in the following regions: Greater New Orleans, Greater Baton Rouge, River Region, Southwest Louisiana, Northwest Louisiana and Northeast Louisiana. The CDC and LSUHSC rely on the partnership of local screening and outreach providers to implement the program.