PIERRE – A $37,500 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation will help provide mammograms for eligible South Dakota women. The funding comes to the Department of Health’s All Women Count! breast and cervical cancer screening program and there is the potential for an additional $37,500 to be added in July.
The goal of the foundation’s National Mammography Program for state health departments is to provide mammograms for women in need and save lives through early detection.
“A mammogram can detect breast cancer in its earliest, more treatable stages,” said Colleen Winter, health and medical services director for the department. “This funding will help cover the cost of clinical breast exams and screening and diagnostic mammograms for South Dakota women between 30-49 who meet program guidelines.”
Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in South Dakota women and the second leading cause of cancer death. Each year an estimated 538 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in South Dakota and 100 women die from the disease.
All Women Count! provides breast and cervical cancer screening services to women age 30 to 64 that meet program guidelines. Since 1997, the program has enrolled 22,000 women.
To find out if you are eligible, call the local community health services office, your health care provider, or the Department of Health toll free at (800) 738-2301 or see the Web at www.getscreened.sd.gov.