Image and article adapted from: Oprah.com
Even as more and more black women are dying needlessly from breast cancer, funding for the free mammograms that low-income, underinsured women count on is drying up. The CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is responsible for providing significant support for these services, has lost an estimated $38 million dollars-and many states are cutting back on how much money they pitch in to match the CDC’s contribution (see above map). According to Judith Salerno, MD president and CEO of Susan G. Komen, “Lower funding has been justified because under the Affordable Care Act, routine mammograms are covered. But when a woman feels a suspicious lump and is sent by her doctor for a diagnostic mammogram, that’s no longer considered ‘routine’-and it’s no longer free. That’s a BIG problem.” To urge your representative to increase vital funding, visit ww5.komen.org/take-action.aspx.