No one is safe from breast cancer.
It doesn't matter how old you are, your race, gender, where you live, or your economic status. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and it kills about 40,000 of them every year.
Unfortunately, doctors say women need to start thinking about the disease as early as 20-years-old. Monthly self checks need to be done in your 20's, and mammograms and breast exams should be done every year starting at age 40.
But what happens if you find a lump or bump, and don't have insurance? Thankfully, there are resources in Mid-Michigan available. Michigan State University has a $45,000 research grant, funded by Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan.
Women under 40 can go there if they have a concern, and all of their tests up until diagnosis are covered. For women over 40, there's the “breast and cervical cancer early detection program.” Women who qualify can receive free breast exams and mammograms.
There are plenty of other resources available to women in the greater Lansing area, for more information, visit Seen on 6.
It's a two-part series filled with information on breast screenings, how to determine your risk of breast cancer, and where to go for help.