National Physicians Week has passed, but the celebration continues as we approach Physicians Working Together’s 4th year anniversary!
PWT and Stress-Free Mom Md invited fellow physicians to step from beyond the white coat to take a moment to fellowship, network, share ideas, and celebrate their milestones. The attending doctors connected with old friends and they had the opportunity to make a few new ones!
There’s still more to celebrate in the name of Physicians Working Together’s 4th year anniversary this June 2019!
PWT founder, Dr. Kimberly Jackson will host a live toast with the members of PWT’s Facebook Group to commemorate where it all began! Join Physicians Working Together’s Facebook Group and tune in on June 11, 2018, at 7 pm CST!
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