The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund, to continue the Yes, Mamm! program at Saint Joseph Berea. This program provides mammography screenings, diagnostic services, and other forms of support to individuals in need from central and eastern Kentucky.
“All too often, men and women who are medically-underserved fall through the cracks of services currently available,” said Leslie Smart, president, Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. “This grant will allow us to continue providing potentially lifesaving breast cancer screenings to those who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured.”
About 1 in 8 women, and 1 percent of men, will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. However, with early detection, the five-year survival rate is more than 80 percent. Mammograms are an important tool in early detection, but too often, cost prevents people from getting a screening.
This grant will provide patients in Berea with 90 screening mammograms and, if needed, further diagnostic testing. In addition, the funding will help with patient and family support groups, legal help with wills and advance directives, and to provide gas cards and lodging assistance to patients who have to travel to Lexington for additional treatment or testing.
The Yes, Mamm! program was created in 2012. The Berea program collaborates with the Madison County Health Department, as well as other programs in the community, to identify individuals in need and provide referrals to the program. Yes, Mamm! has helped hundreds of people across the Commonwealth, with 100 percent of its program funding spent on patient care.
To learn more about the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation and the Yes, Mamm! Berea program, call 859.313.1705.