Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Service Learning Through Cancer Screenings

The Sullivan Center has been a contract provider with the Best Chance Network since 1996. For more than 15 years, the Sullivan Center has provided Clemson University's Nursing Graduate students with the opportunity to experience real world women's health issues. The Best Chance Network provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured women. Through this program, students have the opportunity to work hands on with the vulnerable population in Pickens, Oconee, Greenville and Anderson counties. Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed among women in the US, and has the second highest mortality rate (lung cancer is first). Clemson students, alongside our nurse practitioners, have the opportunity to screen these women by performing clinical breast exams and teaching women the importance of and how to perform self breast exams. The Sullivan Center works with many health care centers in our area for the Best Chance Network screenings to ensure that our patients also receive mammograms. From providing us with facilities to perform screenings, to providing mammograms on the same day as a screening, we depend on these collaborators to reduce deaths due to breast and cervical cancer by catching these cancers early. Some of our collaborators include:

Students from other disciplines also assist in our Best Chance Network Screenings. Health science students, language students and even other students volunteer to assist with patient intake, translation services and patient history. These students gain valuable experience working with the uninsured population and the Sullivan Center benefits from their dedication to our practice. Not only does the Sullivan Center just provide hundreds of student experiences each year, but also focuses on serving as a teaching facility dedicated to providing Clemson students with opportunities in outreach, service learning, and health education.

Click here to see a flier for the Best Chance Network. If you or someone you know qualifies for BCN, you can call our office to set up an appointment for one of our clinics at 864-656-3076.

What is the Best Chance Network?

Funded by the CDC and through S.C. state funds (allocated by S.C. Legislature), the Best Chance Network is a program working towards reducing breast and cervical cancer deaths through early detection and prevention. The Best Chance Network provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women ages 47-64 who are uninsured and meet specific income guidelines. BCN services include:

  • Mammograms
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Pap tests
  • Pelvic exams
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Case management
  • Community education on breast/cervical cancer and early detection

If you or someone you know may qualify for breast and cervical cancer screening through this program, please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and ask about the Best Chance Network.

Information from SCDHEC

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