Health District Highlights Screening Services During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Post Date:09/27/2017 2:12 PM

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The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is proud to increase awareness about the importance of early cancer detection by highlighting free screening services during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

GCHD partners with D’Feet Breast Cancer and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) program to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible Galveston County women.

“October is a great opportunity to show support for breast cancer awareness, early detection and treatment,” said Eileen Dawley, GCHD Chief Nursing Officer. “Once the month is over, we want to make sure people remember the life-saving breast cancer services offered all year through the health district and our partners.”  

D’Feet Breast Cancer, a volunteer non-profit group that receives funding from Susan G. Komen Houston, partners with GCHD and other organizations to provide uninsured and underserved women age 40-64 free mammograms and free follow-up care as well as community outreach and breast health education programs in area schools.

This October marks the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month since the passing of D’Feet founder Dolly Warren. GCHD will honor Warren at the September Galveston County United Board of Health meeting.

“Dolly did an amazing amount of good though her extraordinary work with D’Feet, touching thousands of lives and saving many along the way,” said Dawley.  “Her legacy lives on through every woman’s life that is saved because of access to screenings through D’Feet.”

The BCCS program offers uninsured and underserved women age 50-64 access to breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment services.

“These services help women receive regular screenings, which is the best way to prevent and detect breast or cervical cancer in its earliest stages, thus increasing a women’s chance of survival,” Dawley continued.

More than 100 woman have been diagnosed and treated for breast or cervical cancer following screenings facilitated by GCHD.

For more information about D’Feet or BCCS, call GCHD Community Health Services at (409) 938-2291

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