Tonawanda News

March 8, 2014

Erie County receives grant from Komen WNY

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has given the Erie County Department of Health a $67,500 grant that will provide women with screening and treatment services, a statement released Friday announced. 

The funds will provide services at low cost or for free to women who qualify. Komen WNY has also announced that it will support a new financial assistance program for patients who are being treated for breast cancer. 

“Regular mammograms are the best test health care providers have to find breast cancer early. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer,” Erie County Commissioner of Health Gale Burstein said. “This funding from the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen provides key financial support to the Erie County Cancer Services program.” 

Burstein reminded locals that all women should have regular mammograms when they reach age 50. The screenings are available for all women, regardless of their insurance status. Uninsured people are the least likely to undergo necessary, regular cancer screenings, and therefore have poorer health outcomes, the release states. 

In 2013, Erie County provided mammograms for 1,264 uninsured or underinsured women. 

“We are very proud to support this program,” Juliana Janson, Komen’s Executive Director, said. “We know from past experience that the supplemental funding from Komen helps women who would not otherwise be eligible for free or low cost screenings, to access care when they need it most.” 

For more information, visit the Erie County Department of Health’s website at