PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) – A $31,000 grant from the South Dakota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® will help provide mammograms for South Dakota eligible women. The funding comes to the Department of Health’s All Women Count! breast and cervical cancer screening program.
“We’re very pleased to have Komen South Dakota as a partner,” said Colleen Winter, health and medical services director for the department. “Their funding support will help cover the cost of clinical breast exams and screening and diagnostic mammograms for women ages 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 1-800-738-2301 or see the web atwww.getscreened.sd.gov.
Since inception, the South Dakota Affiliate has granted over $1.4 million to breast health programs in the state. The other 2014 community grant recipients from Komen South Dakota are Custer Health (Standing Rock Reservation), Faulkton Area Medical Center (Faulkton), Gundersen Medical Foundation (Pine Ridge Reservation) and John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute (Rapid City).
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Increasing the number of South Dakotans who receive preventive screenings such as mammograms is one objective of the department’s 2020 initiative