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Funding will support screening and diagnostic services in Charlotte and surrounding communities
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). The award will fund screening and diagnostic services for under/uninsured and minority individuals in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection team members employ NBCF funds to perform three-dimensional (3D) screening mammograms, 3D diagnostic mammograms, and ultrasounds, and to educate individuals on the importance of screenings to prevent late-stage cancer diagnoses. 3D diagnostic mammograms eliminate distortion and can detect even the smallest cancer cells. Better imaging reduces additional and unnecessary patient testing and provides faster results to expedite treatment when necessary.
“Underserved, uninsured and minority populations in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties face transportation, language and financial barriers that too often prevent them from accessing needed health care,” said Saad Ehtisham, president of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and the Novant Health greater Charlotte market. “NBCF funding will enable our teams to provide breast screening and diagnostic services while ensuring that no individual delays services based on ability to pay.”
The Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection team provides no-cost screenings and bilingual education on two mobile units, and refers individuals in need of diagnostic services to conveniently located imaging centers. Since 2008, NBCF has awarded Presbyterian Medical Center more than $430,000 to support breast health in the service area.
“Our commitment to Novant Health is long-term because of the results-driven impact and dedication they have for the people of Mecklenburg County and surrounding communities,” said NBCF Chief Program Officer, Douglas Feil. “The pandemic threatened the decades-long progress in reducing the mortality rate of breast cancer, but hospital systems like Novant Health refused to give up ground. By safely providing early detection services (in the midst of a public health crisis) and prioritizing those most in need, Novant Health saved lives and advanced health equity.”
“Thanks to our long and productive partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection team members have provided thousands of Mecklenburg County’s most vulnerable residents with no-cost mammography screenings and diagnostic services,” said Ann Caulkins, president of the Novant Health Foundations. “NBCF’s sustained commitment saves lives, and lays a foundation for inter-generational care in the fight against breast cancer.”
Every Novant Health Cancer Institute patient is cared for by a multidisciplinary team of specialists---oncologists, dieticians, social workers, nurses and more. We leverage expertise from our teams of specialists across North Carolina so that our patients receive best-in-class care close to home. For more information about Novant Health breast cancer prevention and early detection programs, visit NovantHealth.org/breastcancer.