Healthcare reform includes aid for young women facing breast cancer

October 19, 2010

Healthcare reform includes aid for young women facing breast cancer
Healthcare reform includes aid for young women facing breast cancer

A relatively unknown portion of the Obama administration's healthcare reform has set aside $9 million for the next four years to promote breast cancer awareness and safety measures in women between the ages 15 to 44, according to Kaiser Health News.

The initiative will focus on educating young women about ways to identify the disease early, as well as habits that could prevent it from developing in the future.

The National Institute of Health will also work on new preventative measures to tackle the disease, including innovative screening techniques. Additionally, some of the funds will go to future research.

While only 10 percent of breast cancer patients are below the age of 45, their survival rate is much lower, and so an early diagnosis can be a key to battling the condition.

Robin Haines knows this from experience - she was 28 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was shocked at the diagnosis, and was forced to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy.

Haines is now going through breast reconstruction surgery, which is covered by health insurance through another federal law passed in 1998.

To find a board certified plastic surgeon qualified to perform breast reconstruction surgery, go to www.surgery.org/consumers/find-a-plastic-surgeon


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