Help women receive the healthcare they deserve by bringing early breast cancer detection to those who cannot afford it.
Mammograms are the most efficient method to detect breast cancer before it's too late. In fact, if the disease is caught early enough, the five-year survival rate is 96%. Unfortunately, many women across the globe don't have the resources for the full cost of mammograms.
In the United States, low-income women in as many as twenty states are turned away or put on long waiting lists for free cancer screenings and at least fourteen states have cut budgets for free cancer screenings. Overseas, many women have very limited to no access to these services. In Sierra Leone only one mammogram machine is available.
Unfortunately, the rate of breast cancer continues to grow and it is now the most common cancer in women and the leading cause of death from cancer among women worldwide.
We want to change that. The Greater Good Charities team has been working with organizations around the world like Thinking Pink in Sierra Leone to provide cancer screening services to women in need.
Update From the Field: Fall 2019
So far our efforts have provided over 2,600 mammograms for low income, underinsured women in need like Kadija, a registered nurse and employee of Thinking Pink.
Three years ago, Kadija detected a lump in her breast. Unlike many women in her country, she knew what it could be and underwent a lumpectomy surgery, where it was discovered that the lump was malignant. She traveled to Ghana to receive chemotherapy for 1 year using GreaterGood.org funds. She also received counseling about what to expect through Thinking Pink. Now, it is her life mission to educate young women about this disease.
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