Breast cancer survivors, advocates stress importance of Every Woman Counts program

April 03, 2016

"As partners in the community, we want to ensure that we address our financial challenges in a careful manner, mindful of the consequences of each decision," said Ledezma. "It's both good public health policy and good economic policy to focus on prevention and early detection measures, so that we begin treatment early, when it's more successfully and cost effectively treated."

Komen cautions that cutting early detection services would cost the state more in health care costs in the long-run. Without the assistance of EWC, many of these underserved women will delay or completely forego recommended screenings, leading to later diagnoses, larger tumors at diagnosis, fewer and more costly treatment options and lower chances for survival. In fact, it is five times more expensive to treat late staged cancers than breast cancers that are discovered early.

"These women will not just disappear if screening is cut - and neither will their cancers," said Ledezma. "They will show up later at our public hospitals with cancers that have grown and spread, requiring far more costly treatment - costs that we will all still ultimately have to bear."

Komen is joining Legislative Women's Caucus members and their colleagues to host the 2nd Annual "Bake Sale for the Cure" at the State Capitol to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer screening, treatment and education on Monday, May 23, 2011, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the North Steps of the State Capitol.

SOURCE Komen California Collaborative