A group of women from the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health hold an over sized check which will go towards the mammography assistance program

Helping more women get mammograms

When a person is under- or uninsured, a medical screening often goes by the wayside. But through the team at Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, women who can’t afford a mammogram can get this lifesaving screening.

Nearly 400 mammograms were provided last year at the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health with the help of Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Mammography Assistance Program. From those mammograms, 10 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed.  

Early detection of breast cancer is crucial to successful treatment, but some women aren’t able to afford their yearly mammogram. To help uninsured and underinsured women, the Susan G. Komen Foundation awarded a $64,990 grant to the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, directly benefiting the Mammography Assistance Program. The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health has received a total of $319,967 in grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“We are honored to be the recipient of this grant from Susan G. Komen South Carolina,” said Mary Mabry, director of Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. “This grant allows us to continue our efforts in reaching women that are unable to afford a mammogram.”

The grant is a competitive application based on the needs of the community.

“We do a lot of work to help women in our community, and we are able to continue through the help of the Susan G. Komen Foundation,” said Chantel Washington, community outreach coordinator. “Women are sometimes fearful or embarrassed and these grants help us reach those ladies and ease their concerns.”

Women over 40 should have a mammogram every 12 months. The Mammography Assistance Program provides free mammograms to women in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties who don’t have insurance and cannot afford a screening.

Please call 864-560-6144 for assistance or 864-560-7777 to schedule a mammogram.