Due to the increased use of mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at the very early stages of breast cancer, before symptoms appear. Mammography screening can allow doctors to diagnose breast cancers before they may be discovered during a physical exam of the breast – before a lump has formed.
The average size of a lump found by a first mammogram is comparable to a dime. The average size of a lump found by accident is comparable to a half dollar.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure recommends that you Get Screened!
• Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
• Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
• Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40
For a list of screening centers near you, visit here.
To help reduce barriors to screening, Komen Kansas City host two Saturday Mammogram Parties (Spring & Fall) annually in conjunction with area imaging centers. These fun events include food, live radio broadcast, and fabulous prizes. Standard rates apply. Most major insurance providers accepted. For more information on 2013 dates, please call 816-842-0410.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City is pleased to partner with Cancer Matters to provide the most up-to-date breast health resources in Kansas City. There are a variety of needs addressed by Cancer Matters and their online resource guide offers a list of services, products and providers that specifically meet the needs of those with cancer, those needing screening, as well as those of their caregivers, family and friends.
Financial hardships should not stop you from being screened. If you are a resident of Kansas or Missouri, there may be help. Both Kansas and Missouri have a National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program which assists in paying for screening and diagnostic services if needed.
If you live in Kansas contact: Early Detection Works at 785- 296-1207.
If you live in Missouri contact: Show Me Healthy Women at 573-522-2845.
Early Detection Works and Show Me Healthy Women have age, income, and insurance eligibility guidelines. To find out if you qualify for these programs, please call the numbers above. These programs work with providers throughout the state to assist with the screenings.
What If I don’t qualify for a National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program?
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Kansas City funds mammography screening throughout our service area. If you do not qualify for a National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, you may be eligible for other services:
Additional Screening Options:
For more screening options, please review our current grant recipients. Many offer free or low cost screening through a Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City grant.
Financial and Prescription Assistance in Greater Kansas City:
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPARxKS) is a program that connects qualified, low-income people with discount prescription drugs, direct from the pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Missouri Rx Plan is Missouri's State Pharmacy Assistance Program. MoRx was created by the 93rd General Assembly to provide prescription drug assistance to Missourian's in need by coordinating benefits with Medicare's (Part D) Prescription Drug Program.
Kansas City Region
Greater Kansas City Cover the Uninsured Coalition created the Health Resource website to help you find the care you need for yourself and your family.
Survivors - National financial resources for people living with breast cancer