Laura Dreier Breast Center
The woman came in with a shoebox of money. One dollar and five-dollar bills that she squirreled away from the household budget. A year earlier, another doctor told her she had a suspicious mammogram. Would this be enough for a follow-up exam?
After a year of worrying and wondering about money and her health, she had finally come to the right place. The Laura Dreier Breast Center at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center provides women with little money or health insurance free diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer.
- Each year, about 200 women receive free mammograms at the Laura Dreier Breast Center.
- Mammograms are the best screening tool against breast cancer. They can find cancers at an early stage when they are the most responsive to treatment.
- About half of the women who received free mammograms had a lump, discharge, changes in their breasts or a family history of breast cancer.
- The Laura Dreier Center staff use donated funds to help purchase equipment such as digital mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy machines.
- Digital mammography is more sensitive than traditional film screen mammography in detecting breast cancer in young patients and patients with dense breast tissue.
- Stereotactic breast biopsy can be less invasive than surgical biopsy and can help evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses not visible on ultrasound.
A $100 donation pays for a third of the cost of a mammogram.