The Issue: Unequal Access to Mammograms
1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetimes. Diagnoses and treatment of the disease have vastly improved over the years, meaning more women than ever can survive breast cancer. However, not all women receive equal access to these treatments. Low-income women with little or no insurance cannot afford regular preventative mammograms to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Giving these women mammograms can dramatically reduce their chances of getting late-stage breast cancer and minimize the overall cost of treatment.
The Campaign: Providing Mammograms for Uninsured Women
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation to help screen low-income patients for breast cancer. For every $150 raised, St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation can provide one mammogram screening for one underinsured or uninsured woman from the Tampa area. These screenings can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, ensuring women have the best chance of survival.
St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation
In 1934, a group of Franciscan Sisters founded a 40-bed hospital in Tampa. Their mission was to provide hospitality and compassion for all people, regardless of faith. Today, St. Joseph Hospitals Foundation maintains that mission by conducting family health care services along with complex medical procedures across five locations totaling 1,006 beds.
The St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital offers a range of gynecologic, obstetrical, and surgical procedures in a relaxing, spa-like environment. It also houses the Shimberg Breast Center, using state-of-the-art technologies to offer compassionate care during all stages of breast cancer evaluation and treatment.
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