While we have made tremendous progress in the fight to end breast cancer forever, people are still dying from the disease—and that’s unacceptable. Here are just a few examples of how your donations are helping make an impact in local communities.
- Our Southern Arizona Affiliate granted $225,000 to the Treatment Assistance Program - Well Woman HealthCheck Program
In Montgomery County, MD, a $700,000 grant was used to slash both bureaucracy and wait times for women needing breast care:
- The average time from clinic referral to completing a mammogram plummeted from 100 days to just 5 days.
- Mammography screening referral rates for low-income and uninsured women from jumped from 40% to 80%.
- Actual mammography screening rates for low-income and uninsured women more than doubled, rising from 20% to 50%.
In Nebraska, the legislature recently approved a $200,000 increase for the Every Woman Matters Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The Every Woman Matters Program, currently funded at $125,000, provides free screenings for the underserved women of Nebraska. The Nebraska Komen Affiliate worked with the legislature for the past two years to increase funding for the program. With the program’s budget more than doubled, the State will have the ability to increase significantly the services for the most vulnerable women in Nebraska. In today’s economy, an increase in funding is a huge success.
- Knoxville Affiliate granted $87,500 to the The BeST (Breast Screening and Treatment) for Tennessee Women Project
In Washington, D.C., a $688,000 grant is being used to help the Washington Hospital Center, the largest private medical center in the nation’s capital, to make it easier for low-income and minority women to get proper treatment:
- At the Washington Cancer Institute, the time between receiving an abnormal mammogram and getting a biopsy was cut by more than half.
- The time between that biopsy and surgery was shortened by 17 percent.
- And then the time between surgery and chemotherapy dropped by 22 percent.
West Virginia has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the country. It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of all women 40 years and older haven’t been screened for breast cancer in the past year. A $300,000 Komen grant is helping:
- Develop media campaigns to promote Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile digital mammography unit that will reach people who normally don’t have access to such technology. The bus already has visited 12 rural communities.
- Two staff members were hired.
- The grant also supports the development of a statewide network for newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients to gain access to clinical trials.
Madison Affiliate granted $122,297 to the Treatment Access Fund – Wisconsin Well Woman Program.