Breast Cancer Assistance Program
At its Columbia, Maryland headquarters, the American Breast Cancer Foundation operates a national Breast Cancer Assistance Program that provides financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender. ABCF makes these lifesaving tests available to individuals who otherwise would have no other means of access. In doing so, ABCF hopes to improve the chances of ruling out breast cancer, or diagnosing the disease at an early stage so that it may be treated successfully and increase survivorship. Over 50 percent of ABCF callers already have symptoms of the disease.
ABCF has provided over 45,700 grants for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services through its Breast Cancer Assistance Program. As a result of ABCF’s funding, over 1,300 grant recipients have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and were able to take the next step toward breast health.
To seek assistance or learn more about ABCF’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program, contact the toll free number, 844-219-ABCF (2223) to speak with a Program Specialist. Bilingual Program Specialists are also on staff and available to be of assistance. Please be advised that there is an application process in which proof of residency and income qualification are required. ABCF does not disclose income qualifications to the public, but almost everyone that is uninsured and meets each state's poverty guideline level, qualifies. ABCF’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program hours are Monday - Thursday 9am to 4pm, and Friday’s 9am to 12:00pm, EST. Please be advised that applications are on a first-come-first-served basis and, due to the high demand of requests, there is no guarantee that at the time of your call, applications will be available.
ABCF is known for providing financial assistance, but has gained great notoriety for providing a plethora of adjunct assistance in the form of resource lists. ABCF’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program provides a current and reliable list of over 80 reputable nationwide resources within the breast health network. This list of resources is given to callers when program applications are depleted, when it is deemed the caller is ineligible for the program, when the caller is in need of medical advice, or when assistance is requested that the program does not provide.
Coming Soon- Newly Diagnosed Patient Kits:
ABCF receives hundreds of calls through its program on a monthly basis from individuals who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and need direction for the road ahead. ABCF's Breast Cancer Assistance Program will soon provide Newly Diagnosed Patient Kits to these individuals at no charge. These kits contain an abundance of pertinent information regarding stages of breast cancer, different treatment options, counseling, financial help, survivor networks, videos of other individuals going through breast cancer, encouraging hand written notes from survivors, and resource lists for support help with items such as wigs, travel reimbursement, medications, lymphedema garments and prosthesis/bras.