Sansum Clinic & Neighborhood Clinics Breast Cancer Prevention Program - Archived
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) and Sansum Clinic are proud to announce an enhanced collaboration to strengthen Breast Cancer Prevention among low-income women in the Santa Barbara area. With the SBNC/Sansum Clinic Breast Cancer Prevention Program, low-income women in their 40s will once again have access to free mammograms as part of their ongoing health check-up routine. In 2009, California Public Health Department made a drastic cut to its Every Woman Counts program statewide, discontinuing free mammograms to women in their 40s who earn less than $22,000 a year. Mammograms for qualifying women ages 50 and older are still covered by the program. According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during the course of their lifetime. The earlier breast cancer is detected the earlier it can be removed and treated, prolonging lifespan and also lessening costs of more aggressive interventions required in late stage cancer development. “For women in their 40s, the risk of dying from breast cancer can be reduced by about 17 percent… with regular use of screening mammograms, followed by timely treatment.” Regardless of age, if breast cancer is first detected after it has already metastasized to another area of the body, chances of surviving 5 years is only about 23 percent.