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Being under or uninsured remains a significant issue for Missouri women, and has negatively affected women being able to obtain breast cancer screenings. Up to 25% of mid-Missouri women lack insurance, and Missouri’s median income is less than the national average. More than 25% of Missouri eligible women haven’t had a mammogram in the past year according to the 2009 Community Profile. With no insurance and little money to pay for screenings and diagnostic testing, Missouri has an enlarging vulnerable population of women.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center has worked diligently to provide breast cancer screenings to the women in mid-Missouri, regardless of ability to pay. The Cancer Screening Mammography Fund has been in place since 2008. This fund provides a breast cancer screening to those who are uninsured and are not eligible for any charitable, state or federal programs. The breast cancer screening includes a clinical breast exam, screening mammogram and breast cancer education. Women can receive these services at our program housed at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, or on our Mobile Mammography Van which travels to 26 different counties and over 60 different locations throughout mid-Missouri.

The Cancer Screening Mammography fund is completely donor funded. Over the years, Cancer Screening has received donations to this fund from private donors and events. The current cost of a breast cancer screening charged to this fund is $165.00, which is considered research pricing or the Medicare reimbursement rate. Since 2008, 185 women have received breast cancer screenings that otherwise would not have received one. Due to the tremendous need of mid-Missouri women, we often complete deplete this fund.

There are many consequences of not having this funding available. Women who need this service but do not have the resources will put off having this life-saving screening. Research has shown that finding breast cancer in its earliest stages increases the chance for survival and cure. Breast cancers diagnosed in later stages are associated with a poor prognosis (increased mortality) and increased health care costs. Delaying breast cancer screenings can lead to being diagnosed with later stages of breast cancer and can increase the mortality of this disease among mid-Missouri women. The mammography support program is critical so that Ellis Fischel can continue to provide life-saving breast cancer screenings to all women in mid-Missouri, regardless of ability to pay.

For more information or to learn how you can
support Ellis Fischel Cancer Center,
please contact:

MU Health Care Office of Advancement

University of Missouri Health Care
One Hospital Drive, DC066.00
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 882-0488