What is Susan G. Komen?
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Nebraska is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure®, Komen Nebraska has invested more than $7 million in community breast health programs in the state and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research.
West Central District Health Department has received a grant from Susan G. Komen Great Plains for breast cancer awareness and screening. The Lincoln County area is at high-risk for late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer and deaths due to breast cancer. The partnership between WCDHD and Susan G. Komen Great Plains will address the need for increased education, awareness, and screening for early detection.
WCDHD will utilize the funding to support a program called “Screen Early—Save Lives” to further breast cancer education and awareness and to provide financial assistance for clinical breast exams, mammograms, and ultrasounds for women over 40 or under 40 with risk factors.
Financial assistance for screenings is available beginning April 1, 2017 through March 2018. Women over 40 and those under 40 with risk symptoms or a family history of breast cancer may apply for financial assistance. Women who are underinsured and meet income guidelines are encouraged to apply.
Contact Janet at 308-221-6823 to see if you qualify.