Episode 58: Breast Cancer Awareness with The Rose

What do you know about breast cancer? Did you know that through prevention, death rates can be reduced? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! If you have ignored or put off getting checked, now’s the time to do it! Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and Co-Founder of The Rose Center for Breast Health Excellence, takes the opportunity to discuss with Blanca Quezada why and how women need to be more proactive regarding their breast health.

Dorothy talks about the history of The Rose and why it was established. This is the first nonprofit breast cancer organization based on the insured covering the costs of the uninsured.

The Rose has been in operation since 1986; it has served almost 800,000 patients. It’s also the leading nonprofit breast health care organization in southeast Texas. It works with board-certified radiologists, specialized technical staff, five mammography coaches, and a diagnostic imaging center that gives access to treatment to more than 40,000 women annually.

Dorothy explains how The Rose tries to reduce the number of deaths by providing access to screening, diagnostics, and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay.  She discusses different types of breast cancers that can be diagnosed, but most of all, she keeps reminding us to get the all-important annual mammogram. She also mentions how The Rose tries to ensure every woman has access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care, ultrasounds and biopsies, and treatment.

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Timestamps (AI-generated)

[00:00:42] October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, raises awareness of the global impact of breast cancer on women and the need for proactive screening, impacting both women and men; personal experience highlights the importance of regular screenings.

[00:03:22] At The Rose they are passionate about providing care regardless of ability to pay.

[00:06:23] Self-exams are important; mammogram is the better option; early detection is crucial; uninsured women are affected the most.

[00:11:20] The Rose has mobile mammography units in SE Texas.

[00:14:39] Culture affects self-care for working women. It is important to prioritize self-care.

[00:19:00] Organizations help with cancer costs, connect to resources, assist with appointments, and provide transportation for low-income patients without insurance.

[00:21:42] Many women lack a primary care doctor and access to healthcare. Mammography regulations require a referring doctor for results. The Rose mammogram fills this gap with a nurse practitioner who performs breast health exams and refers for further care if needed.

[00:23:59] In October, The Rose relies on third-party fundraisers to raise funds. They speak at events and receive checks, which is incredibly meaningful. Past fundraisers have raised up to $700,000.

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