One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Nearly 40,000 will die because of breast cancer, according to Carli Good, executive director at Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City.
“We just learned that access is what is killing women in our community,” Good said.
So how should women and doctors combat such a statistic?
For radiologist Linda Harrison, it’s early detection, but not everyone can get a mammogram easily because of time, money, or just forgetting.
How can women get easy access to a mammogram?
The Susan G. Komen organization partnered with Diagnostic Imaging Centers to help bring the mobile 3D mammography unit to Kansas City.
Women can step into the bus during lunch or right before or after work. It takes about 15 minutes, and women receive test results a week later in the mail.
Originally, the organization had a similar unit a few years back through St. Luke’s, but in 2012 St. Luke’s had to stop the program.
“If you can’t get to a screening center, we can bring it to you.” Good said.
The annual Race for the Cure is Sunday, August 14, and the money raised through the race will help with research, access, and education.