Mammograms and Ultrasounds Program

St. Mary Medical Center – Pink Pockets Program & Mammogram Program
Pink Pockets and Mammogram Program

Enhancing Support for Breast Cancer Survivors

“Early Detection Saves Lives” – This is our most important message. Pink Ribbon underwrites the cost of screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, CT Scans, MRI’s and other testing needed to help diagnose breast cancer. To date, we have underwritten the cost of these test in the amount of $288,000 and for approximately 2,400 men and women. In 2023 we were able to support over 200 women with one of these life-saving test at no cost. Although we place no restrictions on those receiving the testing, the majority of women who are able to take advantage of this service are those who are unemployed, uninsured, underinsured or who simply don’t have the means to pay for the service.

Breast cancer is often found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important. “Early Detection Saves Lives” and cancer can be detected before it can be felt. Our programs help women detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. Breast Cancer detected and treated earlier is easier to treat and has a better survival rate. Breast Cancer screening also decreases healthcare costs and is usually less expensive to treat and can provide peace of mind and a reminder of the importance of focusing on overall health and wellness.

The only restriction placed on those benefiting from our programs is the recipients must live in our service area. No restrictions are placed on age, sex, race or income.

Program Overview

Focus Areas: Supporting breast cancer survivors post-mastectomy and facilitating access to diagnostic mammogram imaging and breast ultrasounds.

Target Population: Individuals facing financial barriers to accessing necessary medical services.

Pink Pockets Initiative

Purpose: “Early Detection Saves Lives” – This is our most important message.

Benefits: Offering a discreet and comfortable solution for managing surgical drains, enhancing the recovery experience for breast cancer survivors.

Diagnostic Work-up Support

Financial Challenges: Rising healthcare costs leading to difficulties in affording diagnostic mammogram imaging and breast ultrasounds.

Impact: Many patients are unable to follow up on recommended imaging due to financial constraints, exacerbating health risks and delaying necessary care.

Collaboration with St. Mary Medical Center

Initiative Description: Partnering with St. Mary Medical Center to underwrite the costs associated with the Mammograms and Ultrasounds Program.

Shared Goals: Working together to address the needs of breast cancer survivors and improve their access to essential medical services.

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