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McCaskill Cancer Announcement Prompts Message

Breast cancer affects one in eight women but is curable with early detection. (Connie Barnwell)
Breast cancer affects one in eight women but is curable with early detection. (Connie Barnwell)
February 26, 2016

ST. LOUIS - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced recently that she has breast cancer, a disease she said was detected through a routine mammogram. According to the executive director of the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, breast cancer caught early is curable.

There's disagreement in the medical field about how often a woman should get a mammogram, but foundation director Crystal Webster urged it once a year after age 40.

"You think about someone like Sen. McCaskill being diagnosed with breast cancer, and that's from one who has coverage, undoubtedly, health insurance to get a screening mammogram," Webster said. "One of the problems with being a busy woman is that so many times people with insurance coverage have a tendency, if life is busy, to want to put that off. "

Webster said many women don't have health insurance and can't afford breast cancer screening. The state of Missouri's "Show Me Healthy Women" provides free services, but many people aren't aware that these programs exist.

Webster said access to care is a big problem, and the number of women who can't afford to get a mammogram continues to rise.

"We see women in our office who haven't had a screening mammogram in literally years," she said, "and when you think about the prevalence of the disease it's really terrifying. It's something you don't want to miss."

The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks also provides non-medical financial assistance to families in Southwest Missouri and a four-state region who are impacted by breast cancer.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO