When Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the state budget into law last week, with it came a greater reassurance that gaps will be bridged for greater healthcare access across Ohio, also making positive progress in Ohio’s breast cancer mortality rate.
It’s estimated that 1,690 Ohioans will die in 2017 because of breast cancer, making this issue a local health crisis. The key to survival and for less money to be spent in Ohio is early detection.
Because ending breast cancer and reducing mortality is our mission, we have been working steadily with the other Susan G. Komen Affiliates in Ohio, local health experts and with many our legislators to build up and improve the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project, or BCCP.
The overall goal of the BCCP is to be able to provide more women in Ohio with high quality breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic testing and other services if they meet a set criteria. These preventative procedures can save more lives and save Ohio money as well.
Rather than requiring additional funding, the money that is currently used for the BCCP will be readjusted. With a shift in strategies, the investment will now be able to be fully spent on the targeted population in order for the needs to be met for more people.
We are very thankful for the role our local partners and other Susan G. Komen affiliates in Ohio have played in the passing of this bill. We also want to recognize State Rep. Anne Gonzales and Ohio Senators Peggy Lehner and Charleta Tavares who have been the key voices for promoting this bill as well.