Mega Raffle funding life-saving mammograms

Since 1998, the TMC Breast Health and Education Program has reached more than 50,000 women with information about the importance of early detection and has provided more than 7,000 women with mammograms and clinical breast exams. Now TMC Mega Raffle has joined the cause.

Going forward, a portion of each TMC Mega Raffle ticket will go towards the TMC Breast Health and Education Program, providing free annual mammograms for women who are uninsured and over 40.

Early detection can save lives

The survivability rate of breast cancer has increased dramatically in the last 40 years. The reason, in large part, is because of early detection,through mammography.

“Annual mammograms are so important because breast cancer is treatable if detected early,” says Denise Navarrete, clinical supervisor of the TMC for Women Breast Center. “The earlier we find breast cancer, the better.”

The advanced, digital 3D-mammography equipment used at TMC creates clear images for better detection.

More than mammograms

But TMC’s Breast Health and Education Program offers much more than mammograms. As its name indicates, education and outreach are a large part of the program’s mission.

TMC encourages women to have self-breast awareness, so they know when something has changed and can report concerns to their provider.

You will often see Navarrete and the TMC for Women Breast Center staff attending local workshops, health-related conferences and community events.

“This is something that impacts all women,” she said. “We’ve reached tens of thousands directly, and we hope to reach tens of thousands more.”

Guidance and support

If there is an abnormal mammogram finding, the staff at the TMC Breast Health and Education Program also support navigation – assisting patients with acquiring appropriate follow up treatment and emotional-support services.

“A diagnosis can be overwhelming – and bring about so many questions,” Navarrete explains. “We’ll be there to help and support the patient through every step of treatment and recovery.”

For the community

Navarrete says the program meets an important community need, but it also gives something back to the staff– a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

“We really feel like we are accomplishing something for our community,” she says. “So many women fall through the cracks because they don’t have insurance or resources, and go without the mammograms that could save their lives – it’s incredible to be a part of an effort that’s saving lives.”