Community Hospital breast cancer screening funds help save lives all year long for women in need
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Monterey Peninsula women always have a resource when it comes to breast cancer screenings and advanced diagnostics, thanks to two charitable funds offered through the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, a service of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. In 2013, four women who received these funds were diagnosed with breast cancer, giving them the chance for better treatment options through early detection.
The Sherry Cockle Memorial Fund is now in its 24th year and provides free and reduced-cost breast screenings at the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center for women who can’t afford them. In 2013, a total of 25 women received breast screenings through the fund. The screening is for women with no signs or symptoms of a problem.
The Carol Hatton Women in Need Fund, in its third year, provides free and reduced-cost diagnostic breast imaging for women in our community who have been identified by their physician with a breast concern. This program, unique to this area, provides Monterey County women the option to pursue more information on a breast condition. In 2013, a total of 30 women received advanced diagnostics through this fund.
Through the Sherry Cockle fund, more than 2,500 women have received free or discounted screening mammograms and 90 women have received financial assistance for advanced diagnostic services based on the initial screenings.
“Without these funds, these women would not have been able to have their breast imaging, and cancer would have gone undetected,” says Jan Dunn, coordinator of the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center. In addition to the funds offered through these two programs, Community Hospital radiologists have donated their time interpreting the imaging studies for these patients.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most prevalent cancer following lung cancer. The society recommends that all women ages 40 and older receive a breast cancer screening every year. The new provisions under the Affordable Care Act require most insurance; including commercial, private and government plans, to cover the full cost of mammograms and do not require a co-pay or deductible payment. Still, many women remain uncovered by insurance or have high deductibles for advanced diagnostics.
“It is our hope that we can help more women in our community to get their screenings so that they have every opportunity to address cancer while it is still treatable,” says Dr. Susan Roux, medical director of the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center. “Many forgo screenings based on financial limitations. We are proud to help reduce this barrier to help save lives in our community.”
Through our ongoing Give a Mammo/Get a Mammo campaign, Community Hospital encourages women to get their annual mammogram and to donate for those who can least afford it. While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we emphasize spreading the word about breast cancer prevention and early detection, our funds that offer free and discounted screening and diagnostic services are available all year to Monterey County women. Residents who wish to learn about the application process or to donate to the funds should contact the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center at (831) 649-7233 or visit www.chomp.org/what-we-do/breast-care-center.
ABOUT CAROL HATTON BREAST CARE CENTER
The Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, located in Monterey, California, combines innovative technology, including leading-edge digital mammography equipment, and a staff of experienced breast specialists. The Carol Hatton Breast Care Center's superior care has been recognized by the American College of Radiology, which designated it a Breast Care Center of Excellence. It was the first center in the area to achieve that accreditation, which signifies that it meets the highest level of safety, imaging quality, and technical ability in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
CommunityHospital of the MontereyPeninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the MontereyPeninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, and a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the CentralCoast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about CommunityHospital of the MontereyPeninsula at http://www.chomp.org/