Statements for NBCCEDP’s 30th Anniversary

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)

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I am proud to join many individuals in recognizing the 30th anniversary of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Over the past three decades, this program has served over 5 million women and provided over 15 million breast and cervical cancer screenings. The program currently funds 70 awardees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, six U.S. territories, and 13 tribal organizations, which includes the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program in my home state. I am so thankful for all of those who work tirelessly at each of these programs.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I remain committed to ensuring funding for this vital program so it can continue its critical role in providing access to these medical services and help avoid often preventable deaths. Now, as we take this moment to look back at all the program has accomplished and the many who have been touched by it, it is essential we also look forward to continuing our fight against the disease which takes far too many of our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.

U.S. Senator Michael D. Crapo (R-Idaho)

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Early screenings and warnings are important tools when it comes to detecting and treating cancer. For the last thirty years, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program has helped our nation make great strides against these diseases, and the program will continue to play a critical role in ensuring early access to cancer and medical screenings.

U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)

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I want to congratulate the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), and its grantees, on 30 impactful years of service to people across the nation. I am proud to have been an original cosponsor of Chairman Waxman’s legislation creating the NBCCEDP, and am honored by all it and you have accomplished. Since its inception, this program has remained committed to providing low income and underserved communities’ access to life saving breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services in a timely manner. This program will continue to play an indispensable role in ensuring access to these critical medical services for those who are uninsured and underinsured here in America.

Over the last 30 years, NBCCEDP has served more than 5 million women and provided more than 15 million breast and cervical cancer screenings, focusing on medically underserved populations. Although we have greatly improved both cancer detection and treatments and coverage for poorer Americans in the time that we have been fighting for women’s health, our fight is not over. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted pre-existing health disparities within our health care system and the dire need to address them. I believe this program has a critical role to play in that equation, and it is essential that this program continues to provide these lifesaving services to people at risk for breast and cervical cancer. Thank you for everything you do.

Stephen Wyatt, DMD, MPH
Director, CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, 1990–1998

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Greetings from Louisville, Kentucky! My sincere regrets on being unable to join all of you due to previous work commitments.

Amazing, that the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is 30 years old—30 years of making a difference in the lives of individuals and in supporting an infrastructure that facilitates routine screening and early intervention.

Congratulations to CDC as organizers of the event for both pausing to celebrate and for assembling such an impressive panel on the beginnings of the program. Having legislative icons in former Senator Mikulski and former Representative Waxman—who made this historic program happen—is exciting. I know their insights and perspectives will be informative and interesting. Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Dr. James Marks, and Rosemarie Henson created a vision for the program’s organization and implementation that clearly laid a foundation for long-term impact. These three public health leaders have had amazing careers for a reason.

As I reflect on the early days of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and this important foundational Division program, clearly one challenge was assembling a team of senior leaders to build infrastructure and partnerships to guide such a complex and visible program. The team of Rosemarie Henson, Dr. Nancy Lee, Louise Galaska, Kevin Brady, Barbara Reilley, and Faye Wong was indeed special. They worked so well together and with CDC’s state and voluntary partners. They were the best group of folks I have ever worked with!

In noting partnerships, I am reminded of how important APHA [American Public Health Association], ACS [American Cancer Society], the Susan G. Komen Foundation, YWCA, and many others were in helping build and grow the NBCCEDP. Barbara Levine from APHA and Kerrie Wilson from ACS were instrumental in achieving CDC’s and our partners’ vision of a comprehensive nationwide program.

I was asked to provide one of my favorite memories related to the NBCCEDP. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present NBCCEDP data to a committee chaired by then-Senator Mikulski. Of course, the text was pre-approved by both CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services. I was strongly encouraged to follow the script. I did so with impressive speed. In fact, I was presenting the text so rapidly that Senator Mikulski had to ask me to “Slow down, young man, so we can digest those numbers.” I still chuckle when I remember that day and how kindly she asked me to slow down.

As you reflect and celebrate, keep in your vision the individuals and families who have been impacted over the past 30 years. Thirty years of success!

Page last reviewed: October 8, 2021