Grant boosts breast-cancer screening for low income and uninsured women

SAN DIEGO -- The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund (BCPF) has awarded Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) a $54,000 grant to provide breast cancer screening and diagnosis to low income and uninsured patients younger than age 40 in San Diego.

“Screening and early detection can make an enormous difference in the care experience and a woman’s recovery,” said Fran Butler-Cohen, CEO of FHCSD. “This grant will insure access to life-saving services for San Diego women.”

Specifically, the BCPF grant will support breast cancer screening and diagnosis for women under the age of 40 who are not eligible for public health screening programs.

“While breast cancer awareness has increased dramatically in recent years, gaps in screening services remain and access continues to be a challenge,” Butler-Cohen said. “We are proud to partner with Breast Cancer Prevention Fund to increase breast cancer screening services for San Diego women.”

San Diego has the highest non-invasive breast cancer rate in California and the second-highest mortality rate compared to neighboring counties, according to San Diego County’s Health Status Profile for 2009.

In addition, it shows that women ages 30-39 are less likely to receive clinical breast exams than women age 40 and over. Of all cancers diagnosed among women, more than 40% is breast cancer by the age of 40, 20% by the age of 30, and slightly higher than 2% by the age of 20.

FHCSD currently partners with over 400 local and national organizations to support the medical needs of its patients and will utilize this significant new funding to increase access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis services.

About Family Health Centers of San Diego

Family Health Centers of San Diego is a non-profit community health center organization whose mission is to provide caring, affordable, high quality healthcare and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low income and medically underserved persons. As the largest provider of safety net healthcare in the region, Family Health Centers of San Diego cared for more than 160,000 individuals in 2010 through over 598,000 individual patient visits.

About Breast Cancer Prevention Fund

The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund is non-profit organization whose mission is to save women's lives through outreach programs that promote prevention and early detection of breast cancer through awareness and education, provide referral services to help women schedule breast cancer screenings, and pay for mammograms for uninsured women.

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