Susan G. Komen grant brings no-cost mammograms to area
When Darlene Marrow of Nelson, Va. found a lump in her breast, her first reaction was fear and concern. She was not only afraid of having found the lump, but she was also fearful of her lack of health insurance.
“When I found the lump in my breast, I was scared. I didn’t know what to do, so I went to my cousin to talk about what I should do about it,” Marrow says. “I didn’t have health insurance and I wasn’t sure I could afford a mammogram, even though I needed one.”
After talking with her cousin, Darlene was excited to learn that there was a solution to her problem. Her cousin told her about Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital and the Susan G. Komen Foundation grant that they recently received.
“My cousin told me about the Komen grant and how the hospital was offering free mammograms to women like me,” Marrow remembers. “I called them immediately.”
The Susan G. Komen grant received by Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital provides 200 no-cost mammograms to uninsured or underinsured women in the local area who rage from age 40-64. These potentially life-saving tests are performed and the results are then reported to the patient’s primary care physician for review.
“I called the Komen Breast Health Coordinator and scheduled my mammogram. The process was very easy and I had no trouble getting an appointment,” Marrow says.
After scheduling her appointment, the time finally came for Darlene to go get her mammogram. She felt very nervous, but she made it through the procedure without a hitch.
“The people who perform the mammograms were so kind,” Marrow recalls. “I was afraid and they really gave me the confidence and the reassurance that I needed to get through the test.”
Now, due to her experience, Darlene says that she fully understands the importance of regular mammograms and the benefit that the Komen grant is bringing to the community.
“Getting regular mammograms is so very important,” Marrow says. “Don’t put it off. If you can’t afford it, there is help in our community that will allow you to get the tests you need without waiting and risking your health.”
If you or a loved one are age 40-64 and are uninsured or underinsured, you may qualify for a free mammogram. If you would like to schedule this no-cost test, please call Komen Breast Health Coordinator Karen Anderson at 434-517-3932.
Don’t delay. Mammograms take minutes, breast cancer takes lives.