CPMC’s African American and Sister to Sister Breast Health Program ensures that a woman’s breast health concerns will not be compromised because of lack of access to care or inability to pay. This program is open to all women, regardless of ethnic background.
African American women experience higher death rates from breast cancer because of differences in access to care and in utilization of early detection and treatment services, as well as difference in tumor characteristics. Uninsured women may not seek preventive healthcare because of concerns about ability to pay.
To counter this, CPMC offers the African American and Sister to Sister Breast Health Program that works to increase awareness, save lives and reduce the health disparities for women who live in the Bay Area. We focus on first time-screenings, annual mammograms, awareness through education and outreach in the community, often collaborating with community groups in San Francisco.
Our free services include:
- First time mammogram screening
- Annual mammogram screening
- Breast self-examination instructions
- Financial referral assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Community breast health education for individuals, faith-based organizations and community-based organizations
Who qualifies for our program? Women who are:
- Ages 40 and older and living in the Bay Area
- Younger than 40 with a family history of breast cancer
- Concerned about unusual changes in their breasts such as discharge, lumps, soreness or change in size not related to weight gain or loss
- Part of vulnerable populations such as homeless, lesbian or transgendered