POH Riley Foundation’s Sister & Sister Initiative Promotes Free Mammogram Services, Breast Health Education for Women in Oakland County
We know mammograms save lives but not everyone can afford them. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is collaborating with the POH Riley Foundation’s Sister & Sister Free Mammogram program to encourage both men and women to learn about breast health. The Riley Foundation promotes breast cancer awareness and provides free, ongoing mammogram screenings for uninsured and under-insured women in Oakland County.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Blue Cross is supporting efforts throughout the state to promote awareness and education about breast cancer prevention.
As part of the awareness campaign, the Riley Foundation hosted its fourth annual Sister & Sister Health and Education Day on Oct. 1. Nearly 100 people attended the free event to learn about breast health and pick up free mammogram vouchers.
The Sister & Sister program will continue to host two Breast Health Education Courses per month throughout the year, and continue to provide free mammogram vouchers. They also have health educators and cancer survivors available to speak to community groups, especially targeting African American women.
Here are some facts about breast cancer:
- One in eight women will develop breast cancer.
- Caucasian women have higher rates of breast cancer but black women have a higher mortality rate.
- Approximately 39,840 women in the U.S. died in 2010 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990. These decreases are possibly the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates rank higher than any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
Annual mammograms and regular breast self-exams are the key to early detection. If caught early enough, the survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent.
Have you or your loved one had a lifesaving mammogram this year?