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MCH to continue mammograms at no out-of-pocket cost thanks to Komen Columbus
March 4, 2011
It is my pleasure to announce that the Madison County Hospital Foundation, on behalf of the Battelle Breast Care Center, has again received a grant from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer screenings and education in Madison County.
The $65,500 grant will support our Breast Care Clinics, which provide mammograms and clinical breast exams at no out-of-pocket cost. Clinic appointments are available to any woman, whether she is uninsured or has insurance but cannot afford her co-pay or deductable. Our goal is to continue to eliminate any financial excuse for women in Madison County not to get mammogram. To make an appointment call 740-845-7100 and refer to the "Breast Care Clinic."
Funds have also been provided to support women suffering from lymphedema as a result of breast cancer treatment. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling in the arms and legs when the lymphatic system is blocked.
This grant from Komen Columbus will help us continue our tradition of providing breast cancer awareness, screening, and treatment in Madison County.
Late in 2006, Madison County Hospital (MCH) became aware of the high breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in the county. This information, from Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System, was provided by the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who encouraged us to address this critical issue.
We have taken their advice to heart. In 2007, the MCH Foundation launched a $2 million dollar Breast Cancer Initiative aimed at increasing education and awareness, expanding screening, diagnostic and treatment options, and establishing a Breast Cancer Endowment Fund to provide health care services to women who are un- or under-insured. So far, $1.7 million has been raised for this initiative.
Foundation funding has already assisted MCH in renovating space for The Battelle Breast Care Center, adding a Breast Care Specialist, and bringing the latest technology for diagnosing and treating breast cancer in Madison County, including digital mammography, breast MRI, sentinel node, and stereotactic biopsy capabilities.
In support of our efforts, we received a large grant from Komen Columbus last spring to launch our Breast Care Clinics and our "Cure Your Fears" awareness campaign.
Held twice a month, our Breast Care Clinics provide mammograms and clinical breast exams at no out-of-pocket cost to patients. As of January 2011, we have provided screening mammograms to 105 women. Of those, four have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to our clinics and the Foundation's Breast Cancer Endowment fund, we are able to screen and treat women for breast cancer regardless of their ability to pay.
The “Cure Your Fears” campaign launched in May 2010 at the Columbus Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It features 11 women from Madison County who have survived breast cancer — anywhere from three to 20 plus years. Their faces, stories, and encouragement have been featured on a billboard, displays, advertisements, newspapers, and brochures. Our survivors are helping deliver the message of the importance of early detection in surviving breast cancer.
You will see more of the "Cure Your Fears" survivors this year as our new Komen grant supports our continuation of this awareness campaign.
Early detection is the key to fighting breast cancer. Thanks to support from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the MCH Foundation, the Battelle Breast Care Center is here to provided education, screening, and treatment for breast cancer to all women in Madison County.