About 10,000 low-income women in South Carolina can be screened for breast and cervical cancer this year thanks to an additional $1 million the state has invested in a screening program, the state health department announced Monday.

Normally, the department covers the breast and cervical cancer screenings each year for about 7,000 low-income women ages 47 to 64, through the Best Chance Network, which is also supported by federal funds.

The additional $1 million was included in the revenue proviso for this state fiscal year, said Jim Beasley, a spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The fiscal year runs from July to June.

“Each year an estimated 3,580 women in the state will be diagnosed with breast cancer alone; 660 of them will lose their lives to the disease,” according to DHEC press release.

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Single women who earn $22,980 or less per year qualify for the free screening through the Best Chance Network. The income limit to qualify for the program varies by family size.

For more information about the Best Chance Network, visit DHEC’s website, www.scdhec.gov, or call the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345.

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