Laura Toole, Director of Community and Patient Services at the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute knows the story
“Many of us, we see a doctor only when we are not feeling well, but we know that for overall health including preventative cancer health that seeing your doctor on a regular basis and communicating with she or he on a variety of health related issues helps us be healthy.”
But sometimes our busy lives prevents us from getting that check-up – that’s where the patient navigation program comes in.
For some, asking for help can be embarrassing, stressful and even frightening.
President of Northeast Regional Cancer institute, Karen Saunders understands
“There’s no reason to be embarrassed. There are so many in that same position.”
‘The patient navigation program’ was designed to eliminate barriers, leaving no excuse for not getting to the doctor.
“We’ve been able to help people get connected to a medical home. We’ve been able to connect people to an ongoing path of screening. We have seen thankfully that we’ve been able to connect individuals that didn’t have health insurance but actually qualified for some public funded health insurance get connected to that.” said Toole
The bottom line is… Checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease can help detect breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat.
So whether insurance, transportation or childcare complications are holding you back from getting screened for breast cancer, the non-profits’ staff will use kindness, compassion and persistence to get you relief and a piece of mind.
It is the 28th of the Month a reminder to call your buddy and remind them to do a self breast exam.