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Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation offers grant to Rhode Island for breast cancer screenings

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation recently announced it will be giving a $40,000 grant to the Rhode Island Department of Health's Women's Cancer Screening Program. This grant will offer uninsured and underinsured women the opportunity to schedule annual mammograms to ensure they detect the disease - if they have it - as early as possible.

"Our support of the Women's Cancer Screening Program makes perfect sense," said the foundation's executive director, Maria Gemma. "Through our Hope Bus program, which brings education and resources into underserved Rhode Island neighborhoods, we regularly meet women with no insurance who need access to free mammograms. We feel a responsibility to not only refer women to this program but to do what we can to sustain it."

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. 
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