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Grant helps all women screen to be cancer free

Bearden-Josey Center receives Mammography Assistance Grant

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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The Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Inc. awarded a $25,000 grant to the Mammography Assistance Program at Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health.
 

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The Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Inc. awarded a $25,000 grant to the Mammography Assistance Program at Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health.

 

Early detection of breast cancer is crucial to successful treatment, but some women aren’t able to afford yearly mammograms. Through Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s (SRHS) Mammography Assistance Program at Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, women can make their health a priority.

The Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Inc. recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the assistance program.

“We are very appreciative of this grant that will provide opportunities for a service that many women otherwise couldn’t afford,” said Mary Mabry, Director of Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. “It’s so important that these women add these screenings to their continuum of care so breast cancer can be detected early.”

The assistance program helps uninsured and underinsured women throughout the upstate.  

The breast cancer mortality rate in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties have decreased, but Union county’s mortality rate has increased and is above state and national average. Grants like this help women to tackle the financial hurdles of getting a mammogram.

“Through our outreach efforts, we are able to detect more cases earlier. Women face many barriers, with financial concerns and transportation being the two biggest,” Mabry said.

Since the Mammography Assistance Program began in 2009 with a grant from Susan G. Komen, it has funded more than $650,000 of care in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties. Mammograms funded by the program have helped diagnose 83 cases of breast cancer.

Call 864-560-6144 for assistance or 864-560-7777 to schedule a mammography.

 

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