Supporting Women During Breast Cancer Month

October 01, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women across the country will be bombarded by messages – often pink – urging them to get a mammogram. While this routine preventive screening is covered by most private health insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid for women age 40 and over, for countless uninsured or under-insured women mammograms are a luxury trumped by rent, utilities, and putting food on the table. Providence Medford Medical Center urges women not to let the cost of the screening stop them from seeking preventive care. PMMC offers financial support to help with the cost of mammograms for women who qualify for assistance.

Established by the Providence Community Health Foundation, The Sister Therese Kohles Fund is a charitable mammography fund administered by the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center at Providence, the region’s only Breast Center of Excellence as designated by the American College of Radiology.

As a further service, the breast center assists women navigate the funding resources available for screenings. The Sister Therese Kohles Fund provides mammograms, radiology readings and follow-up ultrasounds for qualifying women. Providence Medford Medical Center is also one of only four southern Oregon locations offering supplementary cancer screening assistance through the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The OBCCP helps low-income, uninsured and medically underserved women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers. Patients enrolled and screened in the OBCCP, who are diagnosed with cancer, are likely to be eligible for Oregon Health Plan coverage of their cancer treatments. Each year, approximately 7,000 eligible individuals receive screening services.

For more information about mammogram assistance programs offered through Providence Medford Medical Center, contact the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center at 541-732-6100.

A mammogram remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early – when it’s most treatable. But the key to this screening is that it be done regularly. Once is not enough. At Providence, achieving optimal breast health and providing comprehensive treatment options for breast cancer are equal priorities in the continuing goal to improve women’s health. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Providence reminds women it’s not as important where you go to get screened, but that you go. And in an effort to encourage women to get screened during awareness month, the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center is offering a free gift to all women who come in for a mammogram in October.

For more information on breast health, Providence Medical Group will host a free lecture, Breast Health: Going Beyond the Basics, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center’s medical director, Kristina E. Darlington-Hansen, D.O., of Medford Radiological Group, will discuss maintaining breast health, breast cancer risks, new diagnostic methods and the treatment choices now available. There will be a question and answer period.  

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