Friday, February 5, 2010
Latinas Contra Cancer Fight to Help Low Income Latinas Get Medical Support
All have children, all were scared, all cried, and Latinas Contra Cancer based in San Jose, CA has tried to be here for them. Just as we have tried to be here for this underserved Latina population by educating them about breast cancer and encouraging them to do self exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms.
We are very concerned about the Governor's proposal to eliminate the free breast screening program for low income and uninsured women called Every Women Counts (EWC). In just the past few months, the state has chipped away at this important, life saving program that has given poor women the same opportunity for survival that insured, and well off women are afforded with access to breast cancer screenings and early detection.
My agency, Latinas Contra Cancer has worked diligently the last 5 years to raise awareness in this vulnerable group, reaching out to hundreds of Spanish speaking women and moving many of them past their fears to action. One third of the women who come to our support group are under the age of 50.
Now all that work, and the early intervention and the lives saved are under assault with both this new regulation and the Governor's desire to cut this program all together.
Remember your state could be next.
Latinas Contra Cancer
San Jose, CA
408-280-0811 or 408-280-0811
Posted by Rebecca Aguilar at 1:16 AM