“You will need support beyond your family and you will want to talk about it with other people,” Ruby Ribbon customer and breast cancer warrior Anne, tells other women fighting the disease. “It is so comforting and normalizing to know you are not alone.”
Megan Cooper, Senior Director of Production and Sourcing at Ruby Ribbon and breast cancer survivor, emphasizes how important early detection was to her survival.
“I am a breast cancer survivor but it does not define me,” Megan says. “It is one thing that has happened in my life that was hard but not horrible. I was so lucky
— lucky that the tech noticed something on my mammogram, that it was early — that I knew I would be OK.” With increased healthcare costs and rapidly increasing numbers of uninsured women, many simply cannot afford the cost of screening tests like the mammogram that alerted Megan’s healthcare providers to her cancer. NBCF eases that need by providing free mammograms to women across the U.S. through their network of hospitals.
In addition to providing mammograms, NBCF funds 34 patient navigation programs to help breast cancer patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation. These vital programs help many underserved women navigate the complex cancer care system and receive the support they need. Patient navigation programs are vital to ensuring women in the U.S. receive timely diagnosis and treatment.