LYNCHBURG, Va (WFXR) — October is breast cancer awareness month and Centra Health is encouraging women to make an appointment for a mammogram. For those who can’t easily access a screening facility, Centra is offering mobile mammogram services to ensure all women have access to mammograms.
Taylor Brumbaugh is a Centra mammographer and she wants to encourage women to get screened. She says the mobile mammogram service offers convenience and comfort for women in the area. If a woman cannot get to a center for screening, they’ll bring the screening center to them.
“I think that we need to stop instilling fear in women, because breast health is so important,” said Brumbaugh.
Brumbaugh says in addition to not having access to a nearby health center women are often discouraged from getting screened due to financial concern. She says there are ways to help access mammograms at no cost.
“The M.A.A.M foundation, they provide funds for women that don’t have insurance or cannot afford to pay out of pocket for a mammogram, we have specific days called free days. the patient can call scheduling and they can get these specific days and come in whenever they run it,” said Brumbaugh.
The Mammograms Annually A Must (M.A.A.M) foundation has free days monthly so that all women can access potentially lifesaving screenings. Brumbaugh says screening is especially important the older you are.
“Cancer doesn’t really wait for anybody, you don’t have to have a family history and as you get older your risk for breast cancer actually increases,” said Brumbaugh.
Mary Beth Evans is a local breast cancer survivor who encourages early detection and regular self-checkups. She says you never think it’s going to happen, until it happens to you.
“Regardless of if you have a family history of it or not, please go get checked,” said Evans.
At just 28 years old Evans was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer with no family history, she emphasized just how important it is to stay on top of your health.
“Cancer does not discriminate, if there’s anything that I’ve learned,” said Evans.
Both Evans and Brumbaugh agree that when it comes to breast cancer, early detection can save lives.
If you’re looking to help out or honor someone affected, there will be two pink trees located in the River Ridge mall all month long for guests to honor a loved one or leave a note of encouragement. In addition– participating stores will be donating a percentage of their profits to Centra Cancer Fund throughout October.