October is breast cancer awareness and prevention month across the nation. It seems as though everyone, from local stores to the National Football League, is promoting the cause. Right here at home, The Rose Breast Cancer Association is doing its part to help women get screening and care that they might not otherwise have access to.
Founded in 1986, the goal of The Rose has always been to meet the needs of women regardless of their ability to pay. Largely dependent upon donations and those patients who have insurance or who are able to pay out of pocket, The Rose operates two screening and diagnostic locations in the greater Houston area. They also have two mobile mammography coaches that travel across southeast Texas providing mammograms to women near their workplaces, homes and religious communities.
Many women delay or skip routine healthcare checks due to financial concerns, lack of time off of work, or because they prioritize caring for others over themselves. Breast cancer is 98% curable with early detection, so it is important for women to get screened early and often. The Rose provides screenings for women using advanced digital technology for not just mammograms, but also ultrasounds, biopsies, and bone density testing. Because they staff excellent healthcare professionals, they are routinely able to give same-day diagnoses, saving women the time and effort of returning for test results. The Rose collaborates with the best medical organizations in Texas and has achieved recognition as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Here’s how you can help:
Donate – You can donate directly to The Rose by using this link: https://www.therose.org/donate-now/#tips2. Donation amounts are listed to provide you with a guide to how you can help; for example, a $50 donation will sponsor a doctor’s visit for an uninsured woman and a $250 donation will sponsor a 3D mammogram. Nearly 7,000 women were served by generous donations last year alone. Businesses and community groups can also host fundraisers benefitting The Rose, use this link for more details: https://www.therose.org/resources/fundraising-for-the-rose/
Volunteer – The Rose needs volunteers to work in their offices performing clerical and data entry tasks as well as making outbound calls to schedule screening appointments. They also need assistance with special events and health fairs throughout the year.
If you are an employer or leader of an organization and would like to schedule mobile screenings, contact The Rose to set up a date for one of their mobile screening units to come to your location. The women in your life will thank you!