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Published on December 01, 2015

Grant to Help Area Women Meet Expenses of Breast Cancer Care

A grant from the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation will pay for what may be needed after a screening mammogram.

The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation has given Cone Health $50,000 to fund breast cancer care for patients in Guilford and Rockingham counties. The grant will be used to pay for medical testing and procedures for under-served women whose screening mammograms revealed areas of concern.

“Our Mammography Scholarship Program provides mammograms for many women who wouldn’t be able to afford one,” says Cone Health Oncology Outreach Manager Christine Brannock, RN. “But if the mammogram turns up something suspicious, additional tests are needed. This grant will help make it possible that no one misses those all-important follow-up tests.” 

The North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP) pays for services for women who meet strict requirements, including being uninsured or underinsured, being between the ages of 21 and 64, and having a household income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

In recent years, NC BCCCP annual funds for Guilford and Rockingham counties have been exhausted within the first eight or nine months. Cone Health has been securing gifts and grants to the cover this gap but this is becoming increasingly difficult. The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation grant will bridge that gap and provide essential, lifesaving diagnostic and medical treatment to underserved women in Guilford and Rockingham counties through 2017. It will also be used to assist the 10-15 percent of women who are not eligible for BCCCP due to age, type of diagnosis or immigration status.

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