Thanks to an $85,566 grant from the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®, the Bayhealth Cancer Institute will be able to continue serving uninsured and underinsured women in Kent and Sussex Counties with free breast imaging during the 2012 Fiscal Year.
“These free breast screenings help us detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. Thanks to the generosity of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate, we’ll be able to provide digital mammograms for women who do not have the insurance to cover the cost,” said Bayhealth Breast Care Coordinator Trisha Bentley, BSN, CBCN.
The Komen Philadelphia Affiliate recently awarded $2,024,737 to 38 organizations for breast cancer outreach initiatives in 2011-2012. Funding will be used to support breast health education, awareness, screening, treatment and support projects with an emphasis on helping low-income, uninsured women.
“Despite the tremendous progress in the breast cancer movement over the past two decades, there are still tens-of-thousands of women, right here in our own community who believe a breast cancer diagnosis is a death sentence,” said Elaine I. Grobman, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “Every day, mothers who have limited or no healthcare benefits are choosing to feed their families instead of getting a mammogram or breast health care simply because they are unaware that life-saving screening and treatment services are available to them.”
“Our grantees are hard at work every day in our neighborhoods building bridges to these women,” Grobman continued. “They are connecting them with the resources that enrich and save lives, educating entire communities, replacing helplessness with hope, empowering all generations and cultures to live in a world with breast cancer without living in fear… regardless of race, financial ability, education or background.”
The Komen grant will help provide valuable resources at Bayhealth, including:
• Free routine screening mammograms. Bayhealth’s state-of-the-art full-field digital mammography provides instant digital images which are more convenient and performed faster and more accurate than analog mammography.
• Free mammography sessions are held every third Wednesday of each month at the Women’s Center at Dover, Milford and Middletown Medical Center. Pre-registration is required. Call (302) 744-6773 or (302) 744-6528 for more information and to register.
• Free diagnostic work-up of uninsured symptomatic breast patients.
• Community breast health outreach to encourage screening mammography utilization by at-risk populations.