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Best Chance Network 
South Carolina's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Who We Are?

The Best Chance Network (BCN) program provides free breast and cervical cancer screening for South Carolina women who meet program eligibility requirements. Our goal is to reduce deaths from breast and cervical cancer by providing underserved women in South Carolina access to breast and cervical screening and other BCN services. According to national and state statistics, South Carolina has one of the highest rates of uninsured women in the nation.

Who May Qualify for Free Cancer Screenings? 

You may qualify if you:

  • Are a woman who lives in South Carolina
  • Are 40 to 64-years old
  • Do not have health insurance or are underinsured (meaning your insurance only covers hospital care)
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines

Best Chance Network

Income Eligibility Guidelines for
6/30/15 – 6/29/16

Family Size

Monthly Income
(Effective 3/1/2015)

Annual Income
(Effective 3/1/2015)

1

$1,962.00

$23,540.00

2

$2,655.00

$31,860.00

3

$3,349.00

$40,180.00

4

$4,042.00

$48,500.00

5

$4,735.00

$56,820.00

6

$5,429.00

$65,140.00

7

$6,122.00

$73,460.00

8

$6,815.00

$81,780.00

Each Additional Member

$694.00

$8,320.00

Women who qualify for BCN services may also qualify for the WISEWOMAN Program services.

How is BCN funded?

BCN is primarily funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Prevention and Public Health Funds and state funds allocated by the South Carolina Legislature. South Carolina has been providing services for the Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), of which BCN is a part, since 1991. South Carolina was one of the first NBCCEDP fund recipients.

What Services Does BCN Provide?

The following services are available for eligible women in South Carolina:

  1. Screening services:
    • Mammograms
    • Clinical breast exams
    • Pap tests
    • Pelvic exams
    • Human papillomavirus tests
  2. Diagnostic testing for women with abnormal screening results
  3. Support services including patient navigation and referral for treatment
  4. Community education on breast and cervical cancer

Are you Eligible for BCN Services?

If you or someone you know may qualify for BCN services, please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and ask about the Best Chance Network.

Why is Early Detection of Breast and Cervical Cancer Important?

Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer, if detected early through screening and early diagnosis, can be treated successfully.  Cervical cancer is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms, but it can be detected with regular screening tests. Screening tests to check for breast or cervical before a woman has any symptoms can significantly improve survival rates and lower breast and cervical cancer deaths. South Carolina women diagnosed with early stage disease have an 82% chance of survival for 5 years for cervical cancer and 87% chance of survival for 5 years for breast cancer.

Who are our Partners?

The BCN is a network of public and private partnerships.  There are more than 400 active providers offering screening and follow-up services throughout South Carolina. Our BCN partners include:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
  • Private physicians including surgeons and gynecologists
  • Laboratories
  • University-sponsored clinics
  • Free clinics
  • Regional medical centers
  • Radiology facilities

Milestones for BCN

  • Since 1995, the American Cancer Society (ACS), South-Atlantic Division, has been working with DHEC to help coordinate BCN services with providers, recruit eligible women into the program, and provide professional education for health care providers. DHEC oversees BCN administration and management, contractual agreements for screening and follow-up services, patient navigation, quality assurance, tracking, surveillance, and program evaluation.
  • In October 2000, Congress passed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, which provides federal matching funds for treatment of women screened through the BCN program.
  • In 2001, South Carolina allocated state funds to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide Medicaid coverage for women that were screened by the NBCCEDP funded Best Chance Network and diagnosed with cancer of the breast or cervix, CINII, CIN III or atypical hyperplasia.
  • In July 2005, the S.C. Legislature appropriated funds to expand Medicaid coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment. The expansion means that any person under age 65 who has been diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer and meets the income and other eligibility guidelines may be eligible for Medicaid.  For more information, visit the S.C. Health and Human Services agency.
  • In 2015 and 2016, the S.C. State Legislature appropriated funds to expand the Best Chance Network. The state funds allow the program to expand age eligibility and to screen more women throughout the state.
  • As of 2015, BCN has served over 107,000 women in South Carolina, provided more than 200,000 clinical breast exams, 170,000 mammograms, and 164,000 Pap smears, and diagnosed more than 1,600 breast cancers and 2,500 pre-cervical and cervical cancers since 1991.

National Report on NBCCEDP

National Report on the National Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: 1991-2002 (pdf) – This report summarizes the first 12 years of partnership and progress against breast and cervical cancer.  Specifically, it covers the program's framework, history, and future direction, and it includes data on breast and cervical cancer screening outcomes for the women served through the program.

To become a BCN Provider or to find out about a provider near you:

Contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.  The American Cancer Society has a list of BCN program providers. For women not meeting the BCN eligibility criteria, the American Cancer Society may also be able to identify other resources for breast and cervical cancer screenings.

To speak to the program manager or staff about guidelines or issues with the Best Chance Network:

Contact the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Program at (803) 898 - 1615.