Breast Cancer: What if you can't afford a mammogram?

8 years ago

I'm sure you've heard that October is breast cancer awareness month. The problem with breast cancer awareness is that being aware is only helpful if you can actually do something about it. And in the case of breast cancer, that something is getting a mammogram. Sadly, not every woman can afford to get a mammogram.

From Dr. Judith Rich at The Huffington Post - Breast Cancer Awareness: You and Your Boobies...

Every 13 minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer in the U.S. Women of all ages from 15-99 are at risk for developing the disease.

200,000 women will be diagnosed this year. Over 40,000 of them will die of the disease.

Breast cancer is the second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death in women.

From Voices In My Mind - Because Your Boobs Are Worth It...

The good news is that everything checked out just fine for me. Now that I have my baseline done, it will be much easier in the future to detect any changes that might occur. I’m glad that I got it done. The next time it won’t be so bad because I’ll know exactly what to expect.

The bad news is that so many women don’t get mammograms. Either they don’t have insurance and can’t afford it, or they just keep putting it off until it is too late. The reality is that mammograms don’t catch everything, but having regular mammograms does greatly increase the chances of a lump being caught in time to do something about it and possibly save your life. That makes the pain a little more worth it, don’t you think?

But what if you don't have insurance or you can't afford a mammogram? Well, this month there are a lot of fundraisers devoted to raising money for free mammograms for women who otherwise couldn't afford them.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has teamed with to give free mammograms to underprivileged women.

The program is called ‘Search for a Cure’ and we think will help many of those calls and e-mails disappear because it is completely free and can be done in a very little amount of time while still allowing people the chance to really and truly make a difference just through the click of a mouse at home or work. We also love the idea of it because the ‘Q & A’ or ‘Searching’ aspect of it speaks to the first difficulty many women [and men] experience when they are diagnosed. That is, having a ton of questions they don’t necessarily want to talk about publicly, but desperately want answers to.

From My Pang's Official Website - Cancer Vixen...

The Cancer Vixen FUNd began as a personal story for Marisa Acocella Marchetto, a cancer survivor who was successfully treated at the Breast Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Marisa then started the Cancer Vixen FUNd to help women who otherwise would not have the financial means to receive proper healthcare. She believes it is crucial that everyone, whether insured or not, receive the proper screening to catch breast cancer early to ensure they will have a greater chance of successfully kicking cancer. Women who have detected cancer early have a 98% survival rate.

More on free mammograms...

From Pin Ribbon Crusade - Kick of October, Pink Style...

This site was created in honor of my mom who lost the fight with breast cancer in December of 2007. The Pink Ribbon Crusade is dedicated to spreading awareness, supporting research, and connecting those currently battling breast cancer with the resources they need, in the hope that one day, breast cancer will be fully eradicated.

From Touched By Diabetes - The Story of My Dolly Partons as I fondly like to call them...

Back in my early 30's I experienced some problems with my left breast - and of course - the first reaction was "breast cancer". I was immediately seen by a breast surgeon to determine why my breast tissue was sinking in - along with the lumps (like many women - I have very dense breast tissue).

From Flickr - I Did A Lot Today...

I went to Planned Parent Hood for my yearly exam and to sched. a mammogram. I have no insurance anymore since I had gotten laid off last year and I couldnt afford to continue my cobra coverage. Yes, I am one of those people who need a public option when it comes to health care.

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Earlier today I blogged about the loss of my friend Becky to cancer. What I didn't mention was that she died from Inflammatory Breast Cancer...

Bloggers For More Birthdays: My Friend Becky

September was also childhood cancer awareness month and I never had a chance to post on it. But I did want to at least mention Carolyn Rubenstein's book Perseverance.

Can you imagine being in high school or college and suddenly learning you have cancer? You thought you had a lifetime ahead of you and the whole world at your feet, but suddenly you’re told… maybe not. How would you cope?

That’s the question the twenty young people in this book had to answer when they were diagnosed with childhood cancer. Perseverance shares life lessons learned through their stories and educates the reader on how to incorporate them into his/her life. It tells of their trials and tribulations, of their triumphs, and of the unique challenges that day-to-day life brings them. Perseverance also provides an intimate look at the lives and journeys of these young people and how their courage and strength have affected the lives of others.

Here is Carolyn Rubenstein on NBC's Today Show...

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at and Women4Hope

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