Dover, Delaware – Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF), the Bayhealth Cancer Institute will continue to serve uninsured and underinsured women in Kent and Sussex Counties with free breast imaging.
The funding will also be utilized for Bayhealth’s outreach program which educates community members about local and state resources available to them, modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, and breast self-exam technique.
“These free breast screenings help us detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. Thanks to the generosity of NBCF, we’ll be able to provide digital mammograms for women who do not have the insurance to cover the costs,” said Bayhealth Breast Care Coordinator Trisha Bentley, BSN, CBCN.
“We are delighted that this award has also provided us with funding to serve women who do not qualify for other state service, especially those who are younger than 40 with certain risk factors,” said Bayhealth Cancer Institute Medical Director Rishi Sawhney, M.D.
Funding from NBCF provides valuable resources for the community, including:
• Free routine screening mammograms. Bayhealth’s state-of-the-art, full-field digital mammography provides instant digital images which are more convenient for the patient and performed more quickly and accurately than analog mammography.
• Free mammography sessions, which are held the third Wednesday of each month in Milford, Dover and Middletown. Pre-registration is required. Please call 744-6773 or 744-6528 for more information and to register.
• Community breast health outreach to encourage screening mammography for those who are at-risk.
From April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010, the Bayhealth Cancer Institute provided more than 250 free breast screenings for uninsured or underinsured patients. These screenings are vital for the early diagnosis of a disease which impacts more than 12 percent of women in the U.S.
“We are very pleased to partner with Bayhealth Cancer Institute in the fight against breast cancer,” said NBCF Founder & CEO, Janelle Hail. “Bayhealth has demonstrated its ability to manage this program successfully, and I believe Bayhealth will make a significant, life-saving impact through this grant.”