$190,000 to provide local breast cancer screening to uninsured, underinsured

Money coming from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

The number of people who have postponed medical care due to financial burdens is at an all-time high, rising from 26% in 2021 to 38% in 2022, according to a Gallup Poll.

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation is looking to mitigate these trends by ensuring patients are able to access the health services they need regardless of the cost.

On Tuesday, the organization announced that it is giving $190,000 for 2023 with partners in Abingdon -Ballad Health, Lynchburg -Centra Health, Roanoke/NRV and Southside - Carilion Clinic.

The money is now available to cover the following:

  • Breast cancer screening
  • Mammograms
  • Biopsies
  • Diagnostic services

“Early detection is key to successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer. VBCF is committed to ensuring that all women and men in Southwest Virginia have access to the breast cancer screening and diagnostic services they need, regardless of their ability to pay,” the organization said in a press release.

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation gave out $75,000 to southwest Virginia providers in 2022, providing more than 400 screening services. This year, with more money available they’re hoping to reach even more people.

The money comes from fundraisers and events like the annual Power of Pink Luncheon in Roanoke.

To learn more about VBCF’s Screening and Diagnostic Services Fund and to see if you are eligible for assistance, please visit vbcf.org/get-help.

About the Author:

Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.