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Foundation Provides Free Breast Cancer Screening

Foundation Provides Free Breast Cancer Screening
A San Diego foundation has donated more than half a million dollars for breast cancer screening and patient support.

A San Diego foundation has donated more than half a million dollars for breast cancer screening and patient support.

The local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has given $540 thousand to thirteen local clinics and health centers. The grants provide free breast cancer screening and diagnosis, and financial support for low-income women with breast cancer. Laura Farmer Sherman is the executive director of the affiliate. She said the money is meant to replace state funds that were eliminated from the budget. She added that many women can no longer afford mammograms.

"We're hearing from more and more women who know they're supposed to get a mammogram, because they have been in the habit, but they lost their job and their insurance," said Sherman.

The economy has also been tough on fund raising for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Last year the San Diego affiliate was able to give about twice as much money in breast cancer grants.