Susan G. Komen® Houston has awarded a $52,200 grant to OakBend Medical to provide breast cancer screening for low income women ages 40 and above in Fort Bend County.
At OakBend, the grant from Komen will support the Fort Bend County Breast Screening Project, an initiative to provide more than 250 women with screening mammograms. Partnering with AccessHealth to identify patients that qualify for the program, will help those women who could potentially go undiagnosed. Patients whose screenings return abnormal results will also receive diagnostic imaging services.
“The Fort Bend County Breast Screening Project will allow women to receive the screening and follow-up care that they need without having to travel to Sugar Land or further. Through this project, women can remain close to home and receive quality service from a local provider that they trust,” stated Sue McCarty, VP/Administrator of OakBend Medical Center.
Komen Houston is one of more than eighty local Affiliates of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs. To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.
“We conducted a needs assessment of our community to understand the breast cancer burden and unmet needs in the service area,” said Emelda Douglas, Komen Houston Executive Director. “We are confident that through the Fort Bend County Breast Screening Project, women who previously would not receive mammograms can now get the necessary testing to identify potentially undiagnosed breast cancer.”