The American Breast Cancer Foundation's (ABCF) mission is to provide financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender. This is achieved, in part, by the Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP), the Community Partnership Program, and the newly designed Community Advocacy Program.
The BCAP program and the Community Partnership Program are time honored and tried programs linking patients with facilities and assistance in their own areas. These programs have received letters of acclaim from throughout the country. The Community Advocacy program will be rooted in significant personal relationships with individuals, and will also assist them in gaining access to needed resources, services, and support. The strategic platform provided by these programs will serve as a link and referral system to local resources and information that will be ethnically and linguistically appropriate to the needs of the individual.
It is the goal of each of these programs to reduce disparities in access to diagnosis and the treatment of breast cancer, particularly among the poor, the underserved, and the uninsured. These interventions may lead to modification of negative factors and improve the survival rate of clients served.