Breast Cancer in Missouri
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer — the most common cancer in women — during their lifetime. The good news is that many women will survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. The screening test for breast cancer — a mammogram — can help find the disease early when it’s easier to treat. Although mammograms are readily available at many clinics and hospitals throughout the state, too many women do not have access to this basic health screening because they lack health insurance.
Missouri hospitals, and a coalition of organizations, sent a letter to Missouri lawmakers, calling on them to expand access to breast cancer screening through Medicaid reform.
Here’s a snapshot of breast cancer in Missouri.