Early detection of breast cancer is the best way to save lives. Because of this, 9News in Denver has encouraged viewers to participate in the Buddy Check9 program for the past 15 years. In order to participate, in the Buddy Check9 program, women should do a self exam on the 9th of each month. After this, a woman should call her “buddies”– friends, neighbors, and family members–and remind them to do a self exam. According to 9News, the program has resulted in many women discovering lumps that have been malignant or cancerous and getting treatment.
A local leader in the fight against cancer, The Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of the Susan G Komen “For The Cure“, advises that women in their 20’s and 30’s should also get a clinical breast exam every 3 years in addition to conducting self exams. Women who are 40 or over should have clinical exams done every year and should also get a yearly mammogram in addition to conducting their own monthly self exams. Some women should have more frequent screenings done due to family background, family history of cancer, or other factors. Less than 2 percent of all women will need to have a MRI done in addition to a mammogram for further information. Women are advised to contact their doctor for more information or to assess their breast cancer risk factors.
There are programs for under-insured or for un-insured women to enable them to get mammograms and other screening tests done. The Women’s Wellness Connection or WWC offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women who have not had a screening in the past 12 months. In order to qualify for the program, women must be legal residents of the state of Colorado. Women must also be between the ages of 40 and 64 and must meet income eligibility requirements in order to qualify. For more information on the screening programs offered by The Women’s Wellness Connection, women can call 1-866-951-9355.
Women, men, or other under-insured people who do not qualify for the above program run by the WWC may still qualify for free screenings done by the Susan G. Komen Denver Affiliate group. To find out more information about the cancer screening program offered by this group, call 303-744-2098 extension 302 or email [email protected] for more information.
For further information on resources, support groups, screenings, and services in your local area, check out www.breastcancercolorado.org.