Celeste works four jobs just to make ends meet and doesn’t even get the weekends off. Despite all her hard work, she lives below the poverty line. There are tens of thousands of women like her in the United States, who can barely put food on the table and don’t have health insurance that provides essentials like annual mammograms.
As women age, breast cancer becomes more common and the role of mammograms in early intervention is well known. Mammograms cost about $150 and this amount is prohibitive for women who are uninsured, underinsured or the sole earners for their families.
Help Women in Need Get Mammograms
The National Breast Cancer Foundation has provided over 350,000 mammograms and other breast health services for women in need across the country. The foundation relies on donations from the public to fund these services. You can help women who can’t afford mammograms by donating here.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Of course, it’s just as important to be tested yourself. If you are over 50, consult with your doctor about how often to get a mammogram. Depending on your risk factors, your physician may recommend more or less frequent testing.
Early intervention saves lives: When breast cancer is detected when it is still localized, the five-year relative survival rate is 100%! In addition to mammograms, breast cancer can be detected early by monthly self-exams and clinical breast exams at your annual physical.
If you’re caring for your mom and she’s over 75, check with your doctor about whether he recommends screening for breast cancer. Depending on her health and life expectancy, your doctor’s answer will differ. The American Cancer Society recommends that “women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer.”
We at Towne Home Care wish you and your family continued good health and happiness!