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SD gets funds from breast cancer group

PIERRE — A $37,500 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation will help provide mammograms for eligible women in South Dakota. The funding comes to the Department of Health’s All Women Count! breast and cervical cancer screening program and there is the potential for an additional $37,500 to be added in July.

The goal of the foundation’s National Mammography Program for state health departments is to provide mammograms for women in need and save lives through early detection.

“A mammogram can detect breast cancer in its earliest, more treatable stages,” said Colleen Winter, health and medical services director for the department.

Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in South Dakota women and the second leading cause of cancer death. Each year, an estimated 538 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in South Dakota and 100 women die.

All Women Count! provides breast and cervical cancer screening services to women age 30 to 64 that meet program guidelines. Since 1997, the program has enrolled 22,000 women. To find out if you are eligible, call the local community health services office, your health care provider, or the Department of Health toll free at 1-800-738-2301 or go to