October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve come far in the fight, but breast cancer still kills over 1,200 women each year in New York City. Particularly vulnerable are uninsured women without a regular doctor, 60 of whom forgo their annual mammogram.
That’s why Project Renewal’s ScanVan, the nation’s first mobile mammography clinic, is so crucial. Each year, throughout the five boroughs the ScanVan provides 5,000 potentially life-saving mammograms – for free – to women who are homeless, low-income, uninsured or face other healthcare barriers.
Not only that, our staff diligently follows up with patients to make sure they come back for their annual mammogram and, if necessary, get the additional healthcare services they need.
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A few years ago, a woman named Christal came to the ScanVan at the recommendation of a friend. "I was amazed at the staff’s professionalism and persistence. They always made sure I came back for my appointments," she says.
Two years later, our radiologist spotted something on Christal's mammogram and sent her for a biopsy. She had cancer. "It was a scary time," Christal says. "My only thought was, 'I'm dead.'"
Our staff worked closely with Christal to ensure she had the best possible care. We recommended a breast surgeon who performed a double mastectomy and removed her cancerous lymph nodes. "I wouldn’t be here today if not for Project Renewal," she says.
Too many women aren’t as fortunate, which is why we’re committed to continuing to grow the ScanVan program. This year we installed digital mammography equipment, which produces fewer false positive results. And because our technicians can now see the images instantly, they know right away if additional images are needed. That means fewer patients need to come back for repeat exams.
We’re grateful to everyone who has supported our efforts, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which has provided over $590,000 for the ScanVan since 2007.
You can help too. Click HERE to make a gift today and help women like Christal win the fight against breast cancer.