California Breast Cancer Survivors and Advocates React to Budget Deal's Impact
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San Diego, CA (OPENPRESS) October 15, 2010 -- The California Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, welcomed the news today that lawmakers agreed to restore funding for the Every Woman Counts program, the state's vital breast and cervical cancer screening program for low-income, uninsured and underinsured women in need.
"While there is never a good time to cut the health care safety net, the need for help grows during a recession when people are increasingly losing their jobs and health coverage," said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists. "Underserved women in California have been without access to affordable breast cancer screening services for 10 months. That is unconscionable. I am pleased California's lawmakers have finally done the right thing and reopened the doors of this live-saving program."
Komen for the Cure's California supporters have worked diligently with lawmakers for months during the historic budget impasse in an attempt to spare the potentially life-saving program.
"This is remarkable news for the women of our state," said Laura Farmer Sherman, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in San Diego. "We know that with a 10% unemployment rate in San Diego County, coupled with the thousands of women who are battling exorbitant insurance deductible rates, women in our County are currently not getting the breast cancer screening they need due to the budget crisis. The unfortunate consequence is likely to be that some of these women may be diagnosed with breast cancers that could have been discovered at an earlier, more treatable stage."
On January 1, the California Department of Health arbitrarily shut the doors of Every Woman Counts for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ended on June 30, and eliminated future access to the program for women age 40 to 49 - effectively cutting access to nearly half of the women typically screened by the program. The program has remained closed over the past three months due to the budget impasse. During that 10 month span, the organization estimates more than 290,000 women will have gone without cancer screenings, including those whose undetected cancers are growing.
After a record-breaking 100 days without a budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers reached a deal to restore funds to reopen Every Woman Counts and provide lifesaving mammograms. The Komen Affiliates applaud Governor Schwarzenegger and lawmakers for honoring their commitment to women in California.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the organization has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. www.komen.org
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, San Diego
Since its inception in 1995, $8.5 million has been given to local organizations that provide breast cancer education, screening, diagnostics, treatment and patient support for the uninsured or underinsured in San Diego County. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised through Affiliate-sponsored events stays right here in San Diego County to fund free diagnostic mammograms, treatment and services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org.
Did you know?
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
The most significant risk factors are being a female and getting older.
Breast cancer doesn't discriminate.
Breast cancer typically strikes women during their most productive years, both professionally and personally.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in U.S. women ages 40-59.
Men can get breast cancer, too. One percent of breast cancer diagnosis will be in male patients.
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