Washington D.C. has the highest breast cancer incidence rate and mortality rate in the country, according to the American Cancer Society.
Wards 7 and 8, neighborhoods located east of the Anacostia River have the highest in the area. Their bright light is a group of women who run Breast Care for Washington and whose mission is to help women regardless of their ability to pay.
Dr. Regina Hampton and Beth Beck founded Breast Care for Washington with the goal of providing access to state of the art breast screening equipment and care to women no matter their financial situation. They’re philosophy is: Every woman should have access to care.
“It’s important to be in the neighborhood. What we found before we started was that some women were taking 2 buses and a subway just to get across town, and so they weren’t going. Being right there in their community in their neighborhood has really made a difference,” says Hampton.
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Breast Care for Washington is just one of 2 clinics east of the Anacostia and the only one that provides 3-D mammography.
Liz Davey is Vice President of Development and Communications and leads the team in outreach to the surrounding community.
“I have found of all the outreach we have done in the community one of the biggest impediments to women getting screened is their fear. They’re afraid of the procedure they’re afraid what the results will show. We want to make it as warm and welcoming and we want to share the information about why this is so important.”
Breast Care for Washington is the recipient of funds raised for 2018’s DC NewsBash. It’s an annual event that brings together News women and men from all the television stations in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness and much needed funds for breast cancer services. This year, the event was a sell-out which means the goal was reached to fund 200 mammograms.
But Breast Care for Washington still needs your help!
To learn more about what they do and how you can help visit their website www.breastcaredc.org