Stay Safely Vigilant About Your Breast Health
In June, Susan G. Komen® updated its recommendations for routine breast cancer screening as communities across the country started to re-open. Despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Komen is continuing to urge everyone to take care of their health by scheduling routine screenings and preventive care and getting any concerning symptoms checked out.
If you feel well and are due for a screening mammogram (and the imaging center is open), please get screened! If your screening mammogram was postponed this past spring and you have yet to reschedule it, be sure to call your doctor about making an appointment.
Most screening facilities are open for screening and diagnostic appointments and are taking extra precautions to ensure patient safety, including staggered appointment times, temperature checks for patients before entering facilities, physical distancing, masking, and increased cleaning and hygiene protocols.
Unfortunately, we know that for many women, barriers to screening still exist, with lack of insurance being a major deterrent. The most recent data (2018) from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network shows that among women ages 50-74:
- 39% of those without health insurance had a mammogram in the past 2 years
- 75% of those with health insurance had a mammogram in the past 2 years
Other barriers include low income, lack of transportation, no childcare and more. These are the walls Komen OC works to knock down each day. If you or someone you know needs help accessing breast health screening, email Helpline@komen.org or call our Breast Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).
If you are under insured or uninsured and need help finding breast care, call Komen OC at 714-957-9157 or California’s Cancer Detection Program: Every Woman Counts at 1.800.511.2300 to find resources near you.