I am a survivor of both breast cancer and cervical cancer. I feel very lucky to have gotten treatment. (No one should feel lucky to receive life saving treatment in the most exception country in the whole, wide world.) We had just purchased a health care insurance policy when I discovered a lump in my right breast. The insurance company decided that my cancer was pre-existing and would not treat it. Because California has the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) I received life saving care. This was in both 2003 and 2004. The breast cancer returned in 2004.

Last year in August, the program decided that I was no longer eligible since my cancer was cured (97% success rate for my particular disease). So, I had all of the tests I could think of before my insurance disappeared. It was discovered that I had cervical cancer. I was actually lucky to have been almost canceled since it pushed me into getting a pap smear. The cervical cancer was in the earliest of stages and I am fine. And I was able to keep my medi-cal (medicaid) insurance. All I have to do is make it to 65 (14 months away) and I will be covered by medicare should anything happen to my medi-cal coverage.

So, if you know someone who needs care for either breast or cervical cancer and has no insurance, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) is available in most states. It is easier to get into these programs because the folks who lobbied for it made the eligibility wider than is normally found in medicaid. My information might be outdated since the GOP has been waging their war against both cancer victims and women. Check with your individual state to see the status of this important health care solution.  If you or someone you know needs care, please check it out. It can save lives. It saved mine. You can also find more links about breast cancer here.

This diary is modified and expanded via a comment I put on Dakine01′ diary about breast cancer awareness. Thank you, Mr.Dakine!