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Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation receives Komen funding for Yes, Mamm! Program
Program provides free or reduced cost mammograms for the underserved
Mount Sterling, Ky. (April 24, 2015) – The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received $17,700 from the Lexington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen to provide mammograms for the underinsured. The funding will establish a “Yes, Mamm! Program” in Mount Sterling, to provide lifesaving screenings, patient navigation and travel assistance at no cost for those who qualify.
In addition to Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Berea, both part of KentuckyOne Health, also received funding.
Since 2012, the Yes, Mamm! program has provided services to individuals throughout central and eastern Kentucky. One hundred percent of funding is spent on patient care for women and men across the Commonwealth.
Breast cancer affects 12 percent of women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the U.S. Kentucky is estimated to have more than 3,000 invasive breast cancer cases diagnosed this year. Mammograms are the preferred diagnostic test to find breast cancer in its early stages and mammography is a critic
“Many women in our community go without regular mammograms and breast screenings because they lack insurance coverage,” said Sr. Janet Carr, mission leader/chaplain, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “Through this funding, we’re able to further our mission to bring wellness, healing and hope to those in Mount Sterling and beyond.”
The Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events, like the Komen Lexington Race for the Cure, the Lexington Affiliate has invested more than $4.7 million in community breast cancer programs throughout 58 counties to be used for screening, treatment, education, and quality of life programs. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the Eastern and Central Kentucky area, while the remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research at institutions like the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year alone. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989, which is believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening, increased awareness and improved treatment. Access to mammograms through programs like “Yes Mamm!” is vital to improving these statistics among the underserved.
Yearly mammograms are recommended for all women beginning at age 40. Mammography appointments are available by calling Saint Joseph Mount Sterling at 859.497.5125 or Kentucky CancerLink at 1.877.597.4655.
About Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation
The primary purpose of the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, is to raise and administer funds to support the core values and mission of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. One of the Foundation’s goals is to bridge the gap between medicine and compassion. The Foundation is always looking for ways to assist those in need. It is funded solely by the generous contributions of those wishing to assist its efforts. For more information, please call 859.313.1705 or www.saintjosephfoundation.org.