Thirty-plus years ago Janelle Hail was 34 years old, married, and the mother of three young sons. Although it had been years since her junior high health class, Janelle still remembered her breast self-exam training—which is how she found the lump. The result was an early diagnosis of breast cancer, which led to a mastectomy. Janelle attributes her survival to early detection.
Facing breast cancer in 1980 wasn’t easy for women; there was so little information available. While in the hospital dealing with her own breast cancer dilemma, Janelle became acutely aware of the lack of information made available to patients. “Why should any woman ever have to make such a life-changing decision without knowing her options?” she wondered. Out of Janelle’s personal crisis a dream was born in her heart to change things for women with breast cancer . . . and she has!
Over the next eleven years, Janelle equipped herself with knowledge and the skills to deliver a message of hope to women. In 1991, with the help of her husband and family, she founded National Breast Cancer Foundation. Created out of a God-given love for humanity and a calling on Janelle’s life to help the needy, NBCF’s mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. This includes increasing awareness through education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.
Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival. According to The National Cancer Institute (NCI), getting a high-quality mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early. The National Cancer Institute recommends women age 40 and older receive annual mammogram screenings to provide early detection of breast cancer.
However, with increased healthcare costs and a rapidly increasing percentage of uninsured women, many simply cannot afford the cost of screening tests. These women are at a significantly higher risk of dying from breast cancer if later diagnosed. That’s why NBCF provides free mammograms to women in all 50 states through their network of hospitals. They are now joining hands with people around the world to provide breast cancer education and working with some of the finest scientists and hospitals in the world to help find the cure for breast cancer. Learn more at nbcf.org.