Each year, approximately 250,000 women in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer --and of those-- about 40,000 will die. And in Missouri, approximately 5,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly.
In fact, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women-- and is also a major concern for the City of St. Louis Department of Health.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women. However-- breast cancer doesn’t have to be deadly.
In fact breast cancer cases found in their earliest stages, has an astounding 97 percent cure rate. Early detection strategies include self and clinical examinations and mammograms. In the past, women were urged to perform a self-exam once a month—but not anymore. Experts say although self-breast awareness is important—regular mammograms are more effective. In fact, mammograms can detect cancer two years before physical symptoms even develop.
Stage 4 cancer is usually fatal—which is why the City of St. Louis Department of Health is concerned. And that’s also why they have partnered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services—to offer the “Show Me Healthy Women” program --which provides free mammograms and pap tests to eligible women.
To qualify, women must be between the ages of 35 and 64; at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, and have no insurance coverage for services. For those who qualify,— mammograms and pap tests are performed free of charge. And if those screenings come back abnormal, more tests can be ordered for free. In addition to free screening and information—participants in the Show Me Healthy Women program have access to physicians.
To find out if you’re eligible for the Show Me Healthy Women program, call 314-657-1413 or 1-800-726-9926. And remember, early detection, saves lives.
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