The San Diego affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded Scripps Health two grants totaling $95,000, which will be used to provide community-based breast cancer education and diagnostic services throughout San Diego County.
Scripps Cancer Center received a grant of $65,000 to help fund Scripps Project, a program that provides free breast cancer diagnostic imaging services for the county’s low-income, uninsured and under-insured population. The program is available to women aged 20-39 and men of any age. Last year, Scripps Project provided free diagnostic imaging services and breast biopsies to more than 400 low-income, medically uninsured or under-insured women.
In addition, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista received a grant of $30,000 to enhance its efforts to provide early outreach, education and referrals for early breast cancer detection and screening via the Promatoras program. Last year, Scripps Mercy Chula Vista trained more than 800 Promatoras, who are community health workers who promote breast cancer education and screening among San Diego’s Hispanic population. Last year, the Promatoras reached more than 8,000 under-served women with breast cancer education, and increased access to breast health screening and mammography to more than 3,100 women.
With more than 300 affiliated physicians, Scripps Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in cancer care. In collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute, the Scripps Cancer Center seeks to provide the best possible diagnosis and treatment for patients by coordinating medical expertise in the areas of clinical cancer care, community outreach and clinical, translational and basic research.