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 brief history, BCW has already screened 800 women: 90% are from the surrounding neighborhoods, most receive Medicaid, and 15% are uninsured. 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 1200
  • Number of cancer diagnoses since opening:   9
  • Percentage of women receiving their first mammogram ever:   40%
  • Percentage of uninsured patients we see:   30%

Awards & Recognition

Pink Ribbon Facility recognized for Excellence in Breast Health, December 2014

Press

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Breast Care for Washington is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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