The statistics are sobering. A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the U.S. A woman dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 40 to 59.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 226,870 women and 2,190 men in America will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. A mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, is the best tool to find breast cancer early, according to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.
An annual mammogram can detect cancers before tumors can be felt by hand and can reduce death rates for women over age 40, says Shawn Farley, a spokesperson for the American College of Radiology. As vital as testing is, research shows that cost is a significant barrier. Not everyone is adequately covered by a health insurance plan.
“The need to level the playing field regarding this potentially lifesaving testing is critical. No one wants to lose a loved one simply because they cannot afford a mammogram,” says Dr. Sandy Goldberg, founder of A Silver Lining Foundation, which partners with community, advocacy and health care organizations to help make cancer screenings available to those who can’t afford them.
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