Please do not postpone your annual mammogram because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is safe for you to get your mammogram. There are so many precautions that have been put into place to keep you and the staff members at the testing facilities safe. Remember, you and the mammography technician will have on masks. Also, it usually takes about 15 minutes to obtain images of each breast.
Before you head to your mammography appointment, here are some extra precautions you can take to stay safe. First, secure a three-layer surgical mask, K95, or N95 mask on your face before getting out of your vehicle. Make certain you have the following items in your purse or pocket before heading into the facility (hand sanitizer, use your own pen, have your referral, photo identification (ID), and insurance card ready in a small plastic bag). Once you have completed filling out all of your medical forms and receive your ID and insurance card, place them in the plastic bag, and use hand sanitizer on your hands. When you arrive home from your appointment, make sure you use alcohol or disinfectant to clean your ID and insurance cards.
I realize there really isn’t a good time to get cancer. However, receiving a cancer diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic can be extremely frightening. The pandemic adds another layer of uncertainty for cancer patients. That’s because people who have cancer and are undergoing cancer treatment may have a weakened immune system and are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
As a cancer advocate and health coach, my goal is to help people impacted by cancer during the pandemic, learn about some of the financial resources available to them. So many people have lost their jobs and their health insurance.
If you are a cancer patient or a cancer survivor and are experiencing financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, financial assistance grants are available from a number of agencies. Cancer and Careers is offering a one-time $500 grant for cancer patients and survivors who are experiencing financial hardships. The grant funding can be used for medical bills, skill development, training, medication, and transportation to and from medical appointments.
I am providing the link below to the financial resources that are available for cancer patients or survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please make certain you review the eligibility criteria for all of the grants. The funds for each grant are available until the money runs out. Wishing you light, love, and health!
Cancer and Careers. (2020, October). Financial Resources During COVID-19. Retrieved from: https://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/covid19/financial-resources-covid
Disclosure: (I am a writer and editor for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information contained in this blog post are not associated with my role at NIH).