When we think about access to care with respect to breast cancer, the first thing that comes to mind is medical care. From detection and treatment to support and survivorship, access to medical and other types of care can vary across communities. It is important for those newly diagnosed to be introduced to the programs, services and resources they need to make informed decisions about their own care.
Access to breast health care can depend on the availability of services, including:
- Screening (mammography, ultrasound)
- Treatment options (chemotherapy, surgery, radiation)
- Support groups
- Complementary therapies
- Nutrition resources
- Clinical trials
Access to breast health and breast cancer care may be hindered due to an individual’s particular social, economic and geographic circumstances. Barriers to accessing care may involve:
- Child care (availability, affordability)
- Transportation to and from appointments and treatment
- Lack of facilities close to home
- Lack of knowledge of treatment options
- Work schedules
Fortunately, many local and regional resources are available to help break down these barriers. Susan G. Komen St. Louis can connect individuals to resources to help provide access to quality breast health care.
If you need help paying for a mammogram or clinical breast exam, consider these local resources, all of whom are Komen St. Louis grant recipients.
If you have breast cancer or know someone who does, these resources may be able to provide assistance.