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.
Hello, my name is Amy. I have a degree in Health Services Administration and two years of clinical nursing studies, and I have worked in the health and social services field for over 20 years. Additionally, I have spent many hours doing cancer research, as well as written several articles and e-books on the subject. More importantly, I'm a three-time cancer survivor! I know what it's like to go through cancer. I have gone through all the emotions, the questions, the "why me" and wondering how my family would be able to cope emotionally and financially. And what if.....what if it's too late already? Will I be there for my children?
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 with symptoms! The reason? Many times they had to choose between spending the money on a mammogram or buying food for their children.
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!