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BUDDY CHECK 3: BCFO sees new need for breast cancer screening in younger women

Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 5:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 5:50 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - It’s the third of the month and a reminder to troubleshoot breast cancer. Buddy Check 3 is designed to help you and a buddy practice the guidelines that can catch breast cancer at its earliest most treatable stage.

For 20 years, the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks has been a driving force in the Ozarks, providing free breast cancer screenings for women unable to pay for them. But recently, the nonprofit has noticed a new need.

There’s been a significant rise in the number of much younger women requiring additional diagnostic tests like ultra sounds and biopsies. As we’ve reported, income eligible women over the age of 35 can get those services through the state’s Show Me Healthy Women program.

Now BCFO is looking for ways to meet what seems like a growing need among 20-30 year-olds.

According to Kathryn Wall, with BCFO: “We provide screening mammograms for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Those are to get a baseline. That’s if you aren’t having any issues. If you just want to have kind of an understanding. If you are having active symptoms, if you find a lump or have other conditions we would consider symptoms, we really would likely want you to get an ultrasound, or diagnostic mammogram, or maybe even a biopsy. That’s where that state program only starts at 35 and that’s not been something that previously we’ve provided. So that’s the conversation we’re having...is if that’s a whole new branch of things we need to be expanding our services into.”

We’ll be following that conversation as BCFO considers new options. If you haven’t signed up for Buddy Check 3 yet, now is the time.

Register HERE, we’ll send you a free packet of information that could make a big difference in your life and your buddies.

Buddy Check 3 is a joint effort by KY3, Mercy and Cox Hospitals, and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

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