By Travis Gumphrey
ALTHOUGH Breast Cancer Awareness Month still has a couple of weeks to go, the county’s chief nursing officer is already reminding residents that her department’s early-warning services are never ending.
Eileen Dawley of Galveston County health district wants the community to think pink every day of the year because the district’s vital breast-cancer screening services are available year-round and save lives.
She said many women qualify for free screening and that more than 100 have been diagnosed and treated for breast or cervical cancer following screenings facilitated by the department.
“It’s always great seeing the tremendous spirit and support every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she said.
“But we hope that, when the pink ribbons and decorations go back into storage, people remember the live-saving breast-cancer services that are offered through the health district all year long.”
Free breast- and cervical-cancer screening services are given to eligible county residents in a partnership with D’Feet Breast Cancer and the breast and cervical cancer services program sponsored by the state’s health services department.
As The Post reported in August, that month D’Feet helped its 10,000th patient receive breast-cancer screening services.
In a partnership with GCHD, Victory Breast Imaging And Women’s Diagnostic Center and other organizations, the volunteer nonprofit provides free mammograms and follow-up care to uninsured and underserved women aged between 40 and 64, as well as community outreach and breast-health education programs in schools.
Meanwhile, the state health services department’s breast and cervical cancer screening program partners with GCHD to offer access to breast- and cervical-cancer screening and treatment services to uninsured and underserved women aged between 50 and 64.
Urging residents to maintain their awareness of the district programs beyond October 31, Dawley said: “These services help women receive regular screenings, which is the best way to prevent and detect breast or cervical cancer in its earliest stages, thus increasing a woman’s chance of survival.”