San Antonio.- In an effort to increase breast health services in our community, the San Antonio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded CentroMed a grant of $216,026 to support the project: Breast Health Education and Mammography Services Program.
By Lucia Almanza
The program is designed to provide the necessary breast health services to women who are medically underserved and uninsured, including breast cancer screening, which is vital to help increase the chances to survive and beat the cancer.
“With an estimated 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is incredibly important to detect breast cancer at an early stage. Early detection impacts life expectancy and increases treatment options. Komen funding support affords CentroMed the ability to not only educate the community on the importance of early detection, but to provide direct breast cancer screening services to over 650 women each year, who would otherwise not have access to care,” said Anna Serrano, vice president and grants manager at CentroMed.
The goal of the CentroMed Breast Cancer Health Education and Mammography Services Program is to help increase community awareness through breast health education and promote early detection through screening mammography, case management and other services focused primarily on women in the 40 to 49 age group.
“CentroMed received initial Komen funding in 2005 and has since been able to serve over 3,000 women with breast cancer screening services. As a result, since 2005, CentroMed has been able to diagnose 22 low-income, uninsured women with breast cancer and link them to treatment,” said Serrano.
Services include breast health education, breast cancer screening, diagnostic follow-up to include biopsy if indicated, and culturally appropriate support services for individuals at risk, breast cancer patients and/or survivors. These services will be provided directly to increase patient compliance and decrease waiting time for the needed services.
“Komen funding plays a vital role in CentroMed’s ability to provide lifesaving, culturally sensitive breast cancer screening services to low-income, uninsured women, thereby minimizing the financial barrier to accessing care,” said Norma Parra, M.D., medical director at CentroMed.
CentroMed is a federally health service center providing primary health care services in San Antonio and Comal County since 1973. CentroMed operates 20 service sites of which ten are primary healthcare clinics that offer medical, dental, pharmacy, lab services, dietary, diabetes education and mental health services.
“The San Antonio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is pleased to support CentroMed in the important work they are doing to fight breast cancer,” said Niki Simpson, executive director of Komen San Antonio. “Through Komen-funded mammography, many women are getting the screening services that make early detection possible to save lives,” added Simpson.
To learn more about CentroMed please visit CentroMedSA.com and for information regarding the CentroMed Breast Health Education and Mammography Service Program, people can call at (210) 977-7920.