Fund provides mammograms |

Fund provides mammograms

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The incidence of breast cancer diagnosis has increased from 1 in 8 women in 2005 to 1 in 7 women in 2006, while the number of women surviving the disease has also increased.

This is largely due to the increased awareness and education regarding the importance of early detection and early treatment.

The South Lake Tahoe BMX Association created the BMX mammogram fund in 2002 and has provided nearly 40 women in our community with mammograms who meet a set of criteria that other programs do not cover.

The criteria are: younger than 40; no insurance; does not qualify for Medi-cal/Medicaid; has a physician’s order for mammogram; resident of designated service area covered by Barton Memorial Hospital.

The BMX mammogram fund is supported through the annual BMX for Breast Cancer event held at both South Lake Tahoe BMX and Carson City BMX.

To obtain an application, get more information or donate to the fund contact Louise Lake at the Barton Health Resource Center (530) 543-5518.

Applications are also available at the Family Resource Center, El Dorado Public Health Department and Barton Community Clinic.

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