Statistics are frightening. According to the American Cancer Society, “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is about 1 in 8 (12%). Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
The first time I was affected by breast cancer I was only 11 years old. My best friend's sister passed away only 6 months after diagnosis. She'd never had a mammogram and ignored the pain and a lump under her armpit. By the time she visited her family doctor, it was too late -- the cancer had already metastasized. She had been married less than one year. If I do nothing else, I make sure I have a mammogram each year. You should, too.
I created YES! to Mammograms because I saw a vast need in my community. I came across many women that had never had a mammogram, even while experiencing possible symptoms of breast cancer! The reason? Many times they had to choose between spending the money on a mammogram or keeping a roof over their head and feeding their children.
You should never be faced with that decision. After all, if you don't take care of yourself first, you might not be there for your children later.
You do have options, and YES! to Mammograms is one of the options available. If you live outside of our local area, we will provide you with resources in your city or state that offer a low-cost or a free mammogram.
We cannot do it alone. 100% of your support, no matter how small, goes toward providing a free mammogram. Please consider donating or holding a fundraiser.
YES! to Mammograms is a small, local organization still going through growing pains. At the moment we are not supported by grants. We depend on the generosity of people like you and fundraisers throughout the year to make it possible for low-income and underinsured women to have a life-saving FREE mammogram!
We do not, ever, use any of the funds donated towards salaries or other expenses. 100% of the funds go to the women in need.