The primary goal of Breast Care for Washington is to make breast cancer screening readily available and accessbile to all women, especially those who receive their care from community health systems. To that end, the organization’s mission is to reduce breast cancer mortality in the Washington, DC area by promoting access to breast cancer screening, diagnostics, and treatment to all women regardless of their ability to pay.
Since opening our doors in May 2014 Breast Care for Washington has screened over 800 women. Of these 24% are having their first mammogram at the average age of 47 while our overall patient age is 52. Approximately 90% of our patients are of African American descent followed by Hispanic/Latina (8%) and African and Caribbean immigrant (2%). 20% of our patients are uninsured. We have had 5 cancer diagnoses since we began services, all in women with no insurance.