Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Little Red Door Cancer Agency
By: Tanya S. Parrish, MPH, C.H.E.S.
Director of Programs and Services
Little Red Door Cancer Agency
Pink is everywhere this month. You can’t miss it! Along with breast cancer awareness month comes a sea of pink from items you grab off the shelf at the grocery store to pink ribbons on the lapels of both men and women across the country. Even our favorite NFL teams are sporting pink for the cause.
With that in mind, you would think every woman knows about breast cancer and the importance of mammograms…and would get the test that could save her life. But awareness doesn’t always translate to action. Many of us are guilty of delaying important medical screenings. We are busy women! We have children to take care of, meetings to attend, significant others to spend time with, houses to clean…the list is never-ending.
When it comes to scheduling a mammogram there is no shortage of excuses. But the fact is a mammogram could save your life. With early detection through mammograms, breast cancer can be found early, when treatment is easier and more effective. So it is time to put the excuses aside, and if you are over 40, get your annual mammogram. That’s right…I said EVERY year!
Unfortunately some women in central Indiana face significant barriers to getting a yearly mammogram, but the Little Red Door Cancer Agency is here to help. Women living in Marion and the surrounding counties may be eligible for free mammograms. If you or someone you know cannot afford a mammogram and are uninsured or underinsured, call the Little Red Door at 925-5595 to get more details. In today’s economic climate more women are finding themselves in a position where they can’t afford a mammogram, and they do not know where to turn. Help spread the message about Little Red Door’s Mammography Assistance Program, and you could be responsible for saving a life.
While financial barriers can be huge, many clients at Little Red Door face additional challenges, but find the answers and support they need through our dedicated staff. If transportation, language barriers, lack of education, scheduling problems, or fear get in the way of getting a mammogram, there is a staff person at Little Red Door who can tackle the issue head on and provide eligible clients with the support they need. Most women get the all clear sign and don’t need to return for another mammogram until the following year. For those who need additional testing to assess a potential problem, Little Red Door is there every step of the way, taking women from the clinical breast exam all the way through biopsy and diagnosis. And the help doesn’t stop there. For each woman diagnosed with breast cancer, our client navigator works to assess her needs and connect her to community resources, ensuring she has access to the treatment and support she needs.
So the next time you put on a pink ribbon or reach for the pink bag of chips in the grocery aisle ask yourself if you are really living the pink message by staying current on breast cancer screenings. And make a habit of telling others about the importance of early detection and that help can be found at the Little Red Door.
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