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License plates support breast cancer awareness

2/21/2014, 6:15 a.m.

Georgia motorists who buy a breast cancer awareness license plate are helping to support screenings, education and treatment of disadvantaged women who are uninsured.

A portion of the tag fee – $22 – aids in the fight against breast cancer, the Georgia Department of Public Health says.

The money funds grants that pay for screenings for uninsured Georgians who are also below the federal poverty level.

Georgia CORE – the Center for Oncology, Research and Education – administers the Georgia Access, Care, Treatment and Services grants on behalf of the Georgia State Office of Rural Health, part of the Department of Community Health.

In 2012, the grant program was able to award nearly $1.1 million to 16 community organizations from the sale of the breast cancer license tags. The organizations used the funds in 2013 to expand breast cancer education, screening, access, outreach and treatment to residents in need.

Angie Patterson, Georgia CORE vice president and lead administrator of the ACTS Breast Cancer Grant, said breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the state and urged more people to buy the tags for expansion of the treatment and early detection services.

For more information, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue at http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/motor/RegistrationSection/rs_SpecialWhereWhen.aspx or your local county tag office.

For more information on other cancer care initiatives and resources, visit www.GeorgiaCancerInfo.org.