The Charlotte affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded the Gaston County Health Department nearly $26,000 for breast cancer services in Gaston County.
“Each and every one of us knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” said Health Director Chris Dobbins. “The opportunity to expand our services and help women in Gaston who are affected by this horrible disease is thrilling, and we are grateful to Charlotte Komen for making that possible.”
The grant will go to provide clinical examinations, mammograms, diagnostic exams, breast health education, support and guidance to low-income and uninsured women through March 2013.
Gaston is one of nine counties to receive this funding. The goal is to help increase early detection of breast cancer, thereby increasing the odds of survival and recovery.
The program is for women between the ages of 40 and 64, who live in Gaston, Lincoln, or Mecklenburg counties, are uninsured, lower-income, who have not had a mammogram in the past year. Women younger than age 40 may also qualify if they have had recent changes or complications in breast health.
To schedule an appointment, find out whether you qualify, or for more information on breast cancer prevention and screening services at the Gaston County Health Department, call 704-853-5000.