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. Contact WCDHD for educational opportunities. 

WCDHD will utilize 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.  Clinical breast exams are recommended for women beginning at age 20, while clinical breast exams and mammograms are recommended for women beginning at age 40.  Women under 40 with risk factors should also speak with their doctor about a mammogram.  Clinical breast exams are offered at the WCDHD Public Health Clinic on Mondays, or women may request a screening with their personal physician.  Women who are uninsured or underinsured may apply for financial assistance and are encouraged to apply by contacting Janet at 308-221-6823. 

Follow this link, to get screened today.