Provide early detection through mammograms to women who cannot afford it.
According to a recent report from the American Cancer Society, low-income women in at least twenty states are being turned away or put on long waiting lists for free cancer screenings. At least fourteen states cut budgets for free cancer screenings this year: Colorado, Montana, Illinois, Alabama, Minnesota, Connecticut, South Carolina, Utah, Missouri, Washington, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. In California alone, state cutbacks will leave an estimated 100,000 poverty-stricken women unable to get cancer screenings over the next six months.
1. Mammograms are one of the best methods to catch breast cancer before it's too late.
2. If the disease is caught early enough, the five-year survival rate is 96%.
3. Many women in the United States lack health insurance that covers the full cost of mammograms, and cannot afford to pay for them out-of-pocket.