October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” month; however, you should not wait until October to discuss testing options. Early detection is important in the fight against breast cancer. For uninsured and under-served patients, this may seem like a problem. 1 out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer and surprisingly 1 out of 1000 men will develop breast cancer as well. Breast cancer is most common in African Americans, however, all Americans are affected.
Dr. Amber Robins, Dr. Nwando Okafor, Dr. KaNisha Hall, and Dr. Kim Jackson, are physicians who are dedicated to helping their uninsured patients understand the crucial nature around “not” getting tested. #DocsForHer aims to drive low-income patients to seek the assistance of free to low-cost breast cancer screenings.
Roughly 44 million Americans are uninsured, while possibly 32 million are insured but their healthcare is adequate. The cost of a mammogram can range between $75 – $250 depending on the provider of the service. Not everyone can afford to be screened or they lack the necessary insurance coverage for the screening which causes them to delay testing or not get tested at all. The good news is that there are more options available.
During the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness, several medical facilities offer free screening to the insured. Patients can discuss options with their family physician or local hospitals to gain a calendar of screening events. Also, the Susan G. Komen Foundation
, as well as The National Breast Cancer Foundation
, have partnered with several medical facilities around the country to provide uninsured patients with free breast cancer screening.
Your local and state government may also provide programs that help with the cost of mammograms. These physicians are devoted to helping their patients understand the importance of proactive self-care and breast cancer prevention. Women and men are urged to inquire about free breast cancer screenings.
Early detection is key. The lack of insurance should not become a matter of life or death. Help is out there ready and available to help prevent and fight breast cancer. Our featured #DocsForHer extend their message to everyone. If you lack health care resources, take the life-saving action to find a screening assistance program in your area.
Co-written by Gin Crane
All across the state of Louisiana, you can find young people who are enjoying the summer- those ten or so glorious weeks where no books beckon and a teenager can answer the calls of their bed until all hours of the afternoon. In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, however, you’ll find students still at work, still pursuing excellence.
You see, at TM Landry College Prep, the students only get a five-day break for summer. One week, and then these hard-working students are back in the classrooms. The independent, coeducational year-round school has garnered attention for its students’ impressive academic achievements, including a 100 % graduation rate and a 100% acceptance rate to four-year universities.
Dr. KaNisha Hall, Howard University College of Medicine alumna and executive board member, was recently invited to speak at TM Landry College Prep. Hall is passionate about bridging the gap in education in Louisiana. She has longed to see advancements in the Louisiana education system since her matriculation from Louisiana Tech University for her undergraduate degree.
While visiting, Dr. Hall was astonished to see the shift in the curriculum at TM Landry and the impact it has had on the students. The programs at TM Landry require rigorous work ethic – in and out of the classroom. This college prep school is contributing to the success of young academic superstars and is a perfect fit for those who think outside of the box. TM Landry has proven to help its students accomplish their goals in college and beyond. Dr. KaNisha Hall went to Breaux Bridge to reach and teach students, and while there, she learned just what TM Landry expects.
So while there are children complaining of the heat or their boredom, some of Louisiana’s most advanced students are back at work. Here’s a recap of Dr. KaNisha Hall’s visit to TM Landry College Prep:
What was once child’s play for Dr. Nwando Okafor became a fast reality. She’s gratefully enjoying the daily actualization of the dream career that she imagined having as a little girl growing up in Enugu, Nigeria. As a child, Dr. Nwando found excitement in playing “doctor” with her dolls by caring for them with items from the First Aid kit that she received as a gift on her 7th birthday. The gift was very important to her. By tradition, Nigerian families instill strong accountabilities and indigenous values in their children. She’s always known that she would become a doctor; there were no other career options available in her opinion.
Life changed dramatically for her at 15 when her family migrated to the United States. After receiving her diploma from Gardena High School, Dr. Nwando Okafor graduated, Cum Laude with a BS in Biology from the University of California, Riverside and she subsequently received her MD from UCLA. She began her medical career working in residency at The University of Chicago Medicine in the ER Department.
Currently, Dr. Okafor is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician and Chief Medical Officer based in Corpus Christi, Texas. She’s also committed to the philanthropic work of World Health Advocate, a nonprofit organization that she co-founded with her sister, Dr. Adaeze Okafor-Nwosu. The two are dedicated to closing the healthcare gap among countries worldwide. They travel abroad to Nigeria, Haiti and other poverty-stricken countries to administer free healthcare services.
Medical Mission in Isuoffia, Nigeria
Dr. Okafor with mission trip volunteers
Dr. Okafor has a special passion for caring for others. Her mission in life is to “live, learn, give back, and love.” “I am inspired by my family, humble past and I keep my focus through my belief in God.”
In her free time, Dr. Okafor seizes the opportunity to enjoy her family. She lends her life experiences through mentorship and encouragement for other young women and men. Like Dr. Nwando Okafor on Facebook!