October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
ATLANTA, GA (October 5, 2011)—Piedmont Hospital has received a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate to support the hospital’s efforts to provide breast health services to approximately 300 uninsured and underinsured women of the greater Atlanta area. The $142,000 grant is intended to help these women gain access to breast cancer screening and diagnostic services.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
“Piedmont is committed to providing world-class breast health services to all women, and this increased funding will help us serve even more members of the greater Atlanta community,” said Jeffrey Allen, M.D., medical director of the Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center at Piedmont Hospital. “As we continue striving to ensure underserved women in our area receive quality healthcare, we are extremely grateful for the support provided by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate.”
October is breast cancer awareness month. In the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. Eighty percent of women who are diagnosed do not have any reported risk factors, other than being female and aging. Common risk factors may include family history, race and ethnicity.
The keys to surviving breast cancer are regular screenings (breast self-exams and screening mammograms) and early diagnosis. Screening mammograms are recommended for women over age 40. However, a recent survey conducted by Komen Atlanta illustrated the marked underutilization of breast services in the Atlanta area by African-American and Latino women as well as indigent women of all races.
Services provided under the Komen Atlanta grants are free to patients who meet certain income and residency requirements. Patients should be referred by a physician. If a patient qualifies and doesn’t have a physician, she will receive help finding a physician to follow her care. To learn more about the program and to check qualifications, call the Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center at 404-605-4427.
For more information on Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate or grants in your area, visit komenatlanta.org.