As AltaMed increases funding for women’s health, we can provide more breast cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women. Increased funding enables us to conduct outreach so that the women most in-need of these screenings know how to access them. Our goal is to continue increasing funding, and our breast cancer screening rate along with it, so that every woman in-need can receive life-saving preventative health care.
AltaMed provides comprehensive women’s health services, including preventative services like breast cancer screenings, to those in need. Women who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured typically lack access to preventative services, which are essential to detecting cancer at early states. When detected at an early stage, the breast cancer survival is as high as 98% compared to only 27% if detected at a later stage. Because lower income women cannot afford breast cancer screenings, abnormalities are more likely to be detected later, decreasing their chance of survival. AltaMed reaches out to those in our community who typical would not receive a screening, and provide it to them at no cost. If an abnormality is detected, AltaMed staff will ensure they receive further testing and all necessary treatment to become and remain cancer-free.