National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
OC WOMEN CAN RECEIVE FREE MAMMOGRAMS DURING NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
We say it all the time because it’s true: Early detection is your best weapon against breast cancer. Exams like mammograms can detect many breast abnormalities that cannot be found through self-exams – abnormalities that often do not manifest as symptoms. Statistics show women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage, when the cancer is localized (has not spread) have a 99 percent survival rate in the first five years.* So the importance of regular imaging tests cannot be stressed enough.
Still, many women find that getting annual mammograms can be challenging. From lack of transportation, to access to a breast health clinic, to cost, barriers too often block the path to prevention, timely detection and the odds of beating breast cancer. But we’re working to clear the way for more women to get the necessary screenings that could save their lives.
MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY EVENTS ARE COMING YOUR WAY
Susan G. Komen Orange County, in partnership with Pacific Premier Bank, Alinea Medical Imaging, YWCA of North Orange County, Northgate Gonzalez Markets, and the Cancer Detectio Program – Every Woman Counts, is rolling (literally) breast health screenings out into the community! To qualify for FREE services, you:
- Must be 40+ years old and a resident of California
- If under 40 years old must be symptomatic
- Have low income and no or limited insurance
- Not received these services through Medi-Cal or other government-sponsored program(s)
- Not had a mammogram in the past 12 months
Starting October 7, there will be multiple mobile mammography events in Orange County. Each event features:
- Clinical breast exams
- Breast health education
If an abnormality is detected, the patient is referred to diagnostic services and connected to a medical home. The goal is to jump start the continuum of care and walk patients through the completion of treatment.
EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES
Susan G. Komen and leading cancer research organizations recommend women aged 40-44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast). Women aged 45-54 should get annual mammograms. At age 55 and up, the recommendation shifts to a screening every 2 years.
Elisa Hernandez is confident that a mobile mammogram event (one she almost skipped) she attended in Santa Ana last year saved her life. “My results showed a small lump in my right breast. But because it was detected and treated early, I received treatment right away. I am cancer free.” Elisa says.
DON’T WAIT TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREE MAMMOGRAM. Call YWCA of North Orange County at 714-871-4488 or Susan G. Komen Orange County at 714-957-9157 x 25.
*Susan G. Komen, based on Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) studies developed by the National Cancer Institute