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Breast Cancer Prevention Fund working hand-in-hand with Inner Images Mobile Mammography Service are proud to announce grant funding for screening mammograms.

  • Women age 40+ who are not currently eligible for a screening mammogram and/or breast exam due to recent CDP guideline changes.

    Breast Cancer Prevention Fund awards $357,750.00 To pay for Screening Mammograms for uninsured women in California

    EVERETT, WA., January 4, 2010 – The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund (BCPF) is proud to announce that $357,750.00 has been awarded to provide screening mammograms to uninsured women in the state of California.  On January 1, 2010 the State of California Department of Health, Cancer Detection Section, Every Women Counts, will: “Suspend all new enrollments for breast cancer screening services until July 1, 2010.”  BCPF has partnered with Inner Images, a leading mobile mammography service who provides on-site mammograms to clinics throughout California.

    The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund was founded in 2004 in response to the need for affordable mammograms for uninsured women. Jim Paton, a retired Everett business owner, is the Founder and Board President of the Fund. “We are honored to be able to provide mammography services to the uninsured women of California, and help plug the gap in services until the State program is re-instated,” said Paton. “The outreach that Inner Images provides in delivering mobile screening services to remote, rural and culturally isolated communities isinspiring, and the only such resource for thousands of women in California.”

    “We are grateful for this tremendous act of generosity and kindness, allowing us to pursue our mission to provide screening mammograms to as many women as possible” said Debbie Wright, Inner Images’ Founder & President.  “We are grateful that most of our clinic customers are willing to provide the Clinical Breast Exams at no charge so these women may receive the Standard of Care mammogram services” said Mary Esser, Inner Images’ Director of Program Development.

    Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. In 2008, an estimated 3,900 women in California will die from breast cancer and 22,050 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is more than 90 percent.

    About the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund (www.breastcancerpreventionfund.org)
    The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2004. Its mission is to save women's lives by promoting prevention and early detection of breast cancer through awareness and education, and providing funds to pay for mammograms for uninsured women.

    PO Box 1508
    Everett, WA 98206
    (425) 252-3084 (866) 486-4344
    (425) 252-3077 fax
    www.breastcancerpreventionfund.org

About Inner Images (www.innerimagesinc.com)
Inner Images, Inc. is committed to providing accessible and affordable mobile mammography services to the women in California by providing the highest quality of early detection of breast cancer. Serving communities across the state from Sacramento to San Diego, Inner Images, Inc. takes pride in bringing our services to women in under-served areas who have limited access to convenient breast care providers. Inner Images, Inc. is dedicated to providing breast care that is both comprehensive and of a high quality.

Oropeza introduces bill to protect state program on breast cancer diagnosis Monday, January 04, 2010

Jenny's SB 836 would protect low-income women

Measure would help women facing possible death sentence

SACRAMENTO – The end of 2009 brought unfortunate news to women across the state, and Sen. Jenny Oropeza hopes to reverse that trend in 2010 with her first bill of the year.

First, the Preventive Services Task Force sparked a national uproar when it recommended early last month that women at low risk for breast cancer undergo regular mammograms beginning at age 50. The previous recommendation was age 40.

Weeks later, the California Department of Public Health announced that the state’s Every Woman Counts program, which provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to California’s underserved women, will suspend new enrollments for breast cancer screening services Jan. 1 through July 2, 2010. It also changed the eligibility age for breast cancer screening services to 50 and older.

“The decision to suspend screening is a slap at California’s low-income women,” Oropeza, D-Long Beach, said after introducing Senate Bill 836. “Those who can least afford help in detecting and fighting this deadly disease are the ones most affected.”

SB 836 would restore access to free screening and diagnostic services to low-income women. It also would require that breast cancer screening services be provided to all individuals exhibiting symptoms, regardless of age, and to individuals 40 and older.

“Early detection has proven to save lives,” said Oropeza, who’s SB 148, making make mammograms safer, took effect Jan. 1. “Because breast cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, it is essential that state policymakers fight to help our most vulnerable communities.”

SPECIAL NOTE: The office of Sen. Oropeza can provide a Spanish-speaking representative to comment on this Press Release.   

 CONTACT
Ray Sotero
Communications Director
Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach
Chair, Senate Majority Caucus
Capitol Building, Room 5114
Sacramento, Calif., 95864
(916) 651-4028 desk; (916) 834-1128 cell
www.senate.ca.gov/oropeza