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Op-Ed: Free Treatment for Breast Cancer Patients Who Are Uninsured
Date:10/4/2007

AMBLER, Pa., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is an op-ed by Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition:

As if it isn't bad enough to be diagnosed with breast cancer -- in Gina C.'s case, twice -- imagine being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer with no medical insurance to cover costly medical treatment.

That's precisely what happened to Gina, a former corporate executive who is in remission today, thanks to the free treatment she received through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program in Pennsylvania.

BCCPT, which provides free treatment to uninsured Pennsylvania women, is just one of the many programs that have been won by cancer survivors, their families and a community of caring individuals and groups trying to end the breast cancer epidemic through education, outreach and advocacy.

As we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, it's a good time to remind women of the large group of courageous women and men who are committed to finding a cure and providing treatment for those in need.

Gina is among those working to make sure that other women won't slip between the cracks of care and medical coverage, as she nearly did herself.

In 1998, while she was caring for her husband who was terminally ill with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a corporate vice president, her insurance was excellent and covered both their care. After her husband's death and several years of living cancer free, Gina opened a women's health club, which was doing wonderfully until her breast cancer returned and spread.

Due to treatment, Gina's business closed after she underwent a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and many months of chemotherapy. She held onto her insurance for a year, but her insurance company refused to renew her policy.

At that point, she had two choices. She could com
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