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06/20/2017

Komen Charlotte Awards Grant to Iredell Health System

Susan G. Komen® Charlotte has awarded an $11,568 grant to Iredell Health System (IHS) to help cover the costs of important breast cancer testing for the community. The grant will pay for diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds for as many as 65 individuals who may otherwise not be able to afford those services.

The screenings are typically needed if a physician requires more information after an initial mammogram, but many may delay those tests because of financial concerns, which could ultimately reduce their chances of survival if diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Breast cancer doesn’t wait for the right time to develop or strike only the people who can afford the medical expense,” said IHS mammography supervisor Lois Beckett. “No one should put off a breast diagnostic procedure for financial reasons. As a non-profit, community-owned hospital, this grant will help us to continue to meet the needs of our patients and ensure their access to care.”

Iredell Health System has a long-standing commitment to making sure all who need breast imaging services can receive those services, regardless of their financial situation. This grant provides a needed tool to continue this commitment. IHS will work in partnership with the Chestnut Grove Community Center in Statesville, Statesville Family Medicine, and the Iredell County Health Department to identify individuals in need of assistance.

Komen Charlotte is one of more than eighty local affiliates of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs. To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.

“We conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered Iredell County has a latestage incidence rate higher than the Komen Charlotte service area as a whole,” said Sarah Bailey, Director of Community Health for Komen Charlotte. “We are confident that through Iredell Health System’s breast health assistance program, uninsured and under-insured women will have access to the critical diagnostic services they need.”

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