Komen Grant to SVHC Promotes Early Cancer Detection
The VT-NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation for support of the Breast Health Rural Outreach Program. The program is a cooperation between the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center and the Women’s Imaging Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and supports early detection by offering free or reduced-price screening or diagnostic mammograms for those without insurance or with high deductibles, especially those who do not qualify for other assistance programs.
Screening mammograms detect cancer when it is most treatable, up to two years before a patient or physician can feel a lump. Early detection relates to greater cure rates. American College of Radiology recommends annual screening mammography beginning at age 40.
Those interested in learning more about their eligibility to receive grant funding for their mammogram should contact Rebecca Hewson-Steller at 802-440-4244. SVHC has benefited from the generosity of the VT-NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 2002. Previous funding has provided for the Women’s Imaging Center, free screening for uninsured women, educational tools, outreach and complimentary therapies.