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 Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, directly benefitting the Mammography 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 Mammography Assistance Program helps uninsured and underinsured women throughout the Upstate. 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.
The Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Inc. awarded the grant on May 19 in a ceremony at the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, located on the Spartanburg Medical Center campus.
While the breast cancer mortality rate in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties has decreased, Union county’s mortality rate has increased and is above state and national average. Grants like this allow the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health to help women 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. “The Mammography Assistance Program and Mobile Mammography allow us to reach those women and help them put themselves first.”
Please call 864-560-6144 for assistance or 864-560-7777 to schedule a mammography.