The District of Columbia has one of the highest rates of breast cancer mortality in the country and Ward 8 has the highest incidence of the disease. Until recently, however, there was no facility here offering the 3D screening technology known to be the most accurate method of detection. In response to this disparity, Breast Care for Washington opened its doors in 2014. Conveniently located within a comprehensive healthcare facility in Ward 8, BCW is the first breast cancer screening facility east of the Anacostia River with state-of-the-art technology and services, including 3D mammography, diagnostics, ultrasound, and minimally invasive biopsies. In its three year history, BCW has screened over 3,800 women and detected 32 cases of cancer. 77% of their patients are from Wards 7 and 8 of the District and over 30% come to them without insurance. In cases of abnormal findings, BCW provides full continuity of care, helping each patient navigate the system from diagnosis to surgical consultation and, when necessary, treatment. Simply put, every woman should have access to these services, regardless of where she lives or her ability to pay. An investment here saves lives.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 8
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Prince William County
Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls
- Number of women screened since opening in May 2014:
More than 3,700
- Number of cancer diagnoses since opening:
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Awards & Recognition
CoFounders Dr. Regina Hampton and Beth Beck recognized by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on Women with the Washington Women of Excellence Award in Public Health, February 2016
Pink Ribbon Facility recognized for Excellence in Breast Health, December 2014
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- The current budget for Breast Care for Washington is: $500k to $1 million
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