The American Cancer Society reports that there will be 1,010 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2022, making it the number one cancer diagnosis in the state. They also indicate that around 160 people will lose their battle with breast cancer this year, often because of delayed diagnosis.
“The Women’s Health Screening Program managed by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) in partnership with Delaware Department of health and Social Services work in together to help reduce death rates from breast cancer by encouraging women to get routine mammograms,” Mary Jo Vazquez, Women’s Health Program Manager for DBCC, said. “These numbers drive the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s mission to educate our communities on the importance of breast cancer screenings, as treatment options are stronger the earlier cancer is detected. DBCC also provides critical education and programs to those who do face a breast cancer journey, ensuring that no survivor is left without support.”
One of the issues facing some areas of the population is lack of access to mammograms. For this reason. DBCC offers central patient navigation resources at no cost to residents. This assistance includes obtaining a primary care provider in order to receive a prescription for a mammogram as well as assistance with Screening for Life Insurance applications.
“We also assist with screening scheduling and coordination,” Vazquez said. “We can offer statewide transportation to and from screening appointments as well as offer certified medical translation and interpretation services for residents who speak another language, including Spanish and Haitian. We also partner with organizations and businesses to provide breast health presentations at no cost. These may be lunch or team meetings. We also offer screening days for employees as well as educational resources.”
Anyone who has not scheduled a routine mammogram is encouraged to do so as soon as possible, Vazquez explained. If you or someone you know needs assistance in scheduling or getting to a mammogram appointment, contact DBCC at 1-888-672-9647 as early detection saves lives – and that life could be yours.
If you are interested in having DBCC provide breast health information or screening days for members of your organization or your employees, contact Vazquez at [email protected]. To learn more about DBCC or the Women’s Health Screening Program, visit www.debreastcancer.org.
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