The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and Gov. Jack Markell proclaimed that May Is Mammography Month on May 2 at Legislative Hall in Dover. Markell presented DBCC with a proclamation stating that May will be recognized as Mammography Month in Delaware.
May Is Mammography Month was created by DBCC in May 2008 as an initiative to remind women in Delaware to schedule their annual mammography screening.
Though mammography cannot prevent or cure breast cancer, it can detect the disease at its earliest stages. Mammography is still the single most effective tool doctors have to detect breast cancer. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends that all women over the age of 40 receive an annual screening mammogram. DBCC is working to educate the community, advocate for screening and treatment, and remove financial, cultural and language barriers so all women in Delaware in need of a mammogram can get one.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition operates the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van through a contract with the state of Delaware which travels the state to provide on-site digital mammography at community centers, senior centers, health care facilities and employers in Delaware.
Women who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for free or reduced-cost mammograms through the state’s Screening for Life program and DBCC. From June 2005 through April 2013, 6,648 women were screened on the Women’s Mobile Health Screening van, and 3,656 of those women were uninsured and were able to be screened through Screening for Life.
“The partnership with the state for the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van has resulted in significant progress in the fight against breast cancer - through early detection and in removing the barriers that prevent women from being screened,” said Vicky Cooke. “This valuable partnership has saved lives and aided those impacted by this terrible disease.”
For more information about mammography, go to www.debreastcancer.org.