I hear the stories all the time.
There’s the grandma who needs to watch her grandkids while her son and daughter-in-law are at work every day.
There’s the woman who works at a downtown hotel, which makes sure she works 30-plus hours a week, but never a “full” one, so they don’t have to give her health insurance. She’s like the woman who doesn’t speak English very well, but is the one taking care our house, our children or our grandfather with Alzheimer’s, and where we’re not providing her insurance either.
There’s the woman who lives out in the country, but doesn’t have a car and there aren’t any Uber drivers around.
There’s the woman who makes minimum wage, and who doesn’t get paid if she takes time off to go to the doctor. So she doesn’t go.
And there’s the homeless woman, who through no fault of her own, is hearing voices in her head and not much else.
These are the unseen women. These are the women that our staff here at the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program could help save from cancer if we could just get them screened with a no-cost mammogram or Pap test. Because saving someone from breast or cervical cancer, from suffering, from huge costs to themselves and, in some cases, the taxpayers, is actually relatively easy. Just call us.
Please, busy woman. Take the time to get screened. Because if you’re that busy, that means others are relying on you and all the more reason you need to stay healthy. You can’t help anyone else if you’re sitting in a chemo suite. Or dead.
To the lady who works downtown or for a family or only earning minimum wage – call us. We know you may think you aren’t eligible for our no-cost mammograms and Pap tests because you are working, but if you’re working and only scraping by, we can help.
We can help you too, our neighbor in the country. We know transportation is a problem for people all over the state, so we have ways to get you where you need to go to be screened.
And if you know someone who isn’t quite able to care for herself, take that extra step and see about getting her an appointment at one of our providers. We want to make sure no one is left unseen.
By Laura Ricks
Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Control Programs Communications Manager