Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial has been awarded a $7,500 grant for screening and diagnostic procedures for women under 40 who are not eligible for the Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Care Program (BCCCP). Included in the grant are funds for educational programs in the community and/or for individuals regarding self-breast exams and awareness of risk. This is the first Komen funding opportunity for Newaygo County and is the result of collaboration between Gerber Memorial Diagnostic Imaging Department and Komen Michigan.
Far too often, women under 40 who may be at risk or concerned about the possibility of breast cancer, tend to fall through the cracks in our health care system. Most insurance policies do not provide coverage for mammogram screening until the age of 40. Fortunately, starting at age 40 our District Health Department #10 has a program for those without insurance or who may be underinsured to receive breast and cervical cancer care screening services through the BCCCP.
However, where is help for women under 40 who may be at risk? With the funding of this grant, Gerber Memorial is now able to provide services to these women who fall within the same poverty guidelines as those served by the BCCC Program.
If you are a woman under 40 who is uninsured, underinsured, concerned about the possibility of breast cancer and have symptoms you are concerned about (such as a lump in a breast), we may be able to help. Please contact Gerber Memorial Breast Health Navigator, Brenda Dulaney-Connell, RN, MSN, at 231.924.7139 for more information.