SAN JUAN, P.R. – Ford Motor Company is providing free mammograms to women in Puerto Rico. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed type of cancer and leading cause of cancer death among Puerto Rican women.
Mammograms can find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Regular screening helps women lower their risk of dying from the disease.
Ford and its dealers, along with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puerto Rico’s affiliate, are sponsoring an early detection and awareness campaign throughout the island titled Camino a la Cura (Walk to the Cure). This joint effort will run from July to September at Ford’s nine dealers.
At each dealership, 40 free mammograms will be offered to women who don’t have health insurance, and mammograms without copayments will be provided to patients who have health insurance or another health plan. The screenings will take place in a mobile unit belonging to the organization Senos de Puerto Rico. Additionally, educational material will be distributed and health conferences will be offered.
The first event, at Alberic Ford July 14, drew 37 women seeking mammograms.
For nearly two decades, Ford Motor Company has supported Susan G. Komen through its Warriors in Pink program, encouraging women and men to engage in self-exams and self-care, which could lead to earlier diagnoses which may save lives. Ford has contributed more than $115 million to the cause.
“In Komen, we are committed to Puerto Rico and support those initiatives that go hand in hand with our mission: a world without breast cancer. The mammography can detect breast changes long before they can be palpated and promotes early detection,” says Bárbara Segarra Vázquez, president of the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors.
Women 40 years or older (35 with a family history of breast cancer) are eligible to participate provided they have not previously been diagnosed with breast cancer and don’t have breast implants.
As part of this effort, Ford’s Dealer Association donated a 2012 Ford Fiesta to Susan G. Komen, which will be raffled Sept. 30, the day of Race for the Cure in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
Money raised from the raffle will allow the organization to continue supporting its breast cancer education program and promoting early detection of the disease.