John’s Island Community Service League awarded Treasure Coast Community Health (TCCH) a $40,000 grant for their Women’s Preventative Health Service Program.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for 30% of all new female cancers, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in women, behind lung cancer.
The TCCH Women’s Preventative Health Service Program was created because a woman, in many cases, will sacrifice her own health care in order to provide for her family; deferring care could simply mean not having the money for an annual well-woman exam. This program pays for mammogram, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, pap smears and additional testing and services if needed for qualifying Indian River County patients.
Currently, no other health care organization in Indian River County is providing funding for early detection, screening, treatment and care for underinsured and uninsured patients.
In 2021, 300 women received potential live-saving services through the TCCH Women’s Preventative Health Services Program. During the same year, TCCH performed a total of 5,800 cervical cancer screenings and 2,875 breast cancer screenings. A full breast diagnosis can cost up to $2,000 and available resources ultimately drive program capacity.
TCCH is a nonprofit, providing comprehensive, high-quality health care to insured and uninsured patients. TCCH, Indian River County’s only Federally Qualified Health Center, has eight locations providing medical, vision, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services. TCCH offers a sliding fee discount. For more information, visit tcchinc.org or call 772-257-8224.