There are some strong support organizations that can help finance screening and preventive treatment for women at high risk who can’t afford it or whose insurance will not cover it.
FINANCIAL & LEGAL SUPPORT
Here is a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School. It provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to survivors, their families, friends, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer.
A breast cancer organization for women of reproductive age, advocating fertility preservation prior to receiving cancer treatments or prophylactic surgeries that can cause sterility for women between the ages of 18 and 45. Also offers breast cancer patients reduced in vitro fertilization fees and donor sperm selection packages.
Myriad offers financial assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs for qualified patients in the U.S. who do not have medical health insurance, depending on their household income level. To be eligible, patients must meet the medical criteria for testing (see link below), and meet low income requirements (household incomes up to 400 percent of the Federal poverty level).
For over two decades, PSI has helped people who live with certain chronic illnesses or conditions locate suitable health insurance coverage and access ways to satisfy expensive co-payments.
Right Action for Women was founded to help women at high risk for breast cancer who don’t have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs associated with breast screenings. Learn more about the Right Action Pilot Programs here. Also, here are some other links that can help.
EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL & EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT
The Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is the first and only comprehensive center solely devoted to funding research across the globe, educating providers and patients, and advancing care for individuals with BRCA gene mutations.
Formerly known as Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization®. Provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer. Aims to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.
A national non-profit organization that provides education, support, and a sense of community to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Through an array of dynamic programs and services, including The Little Bright Book series, Breast/Ovarian Health 101 educational sessions, PinkPal one-on-one peer support, monthly experiential support groups and more, Bright Pink empowers young women to take control of their health, granting them the freedom and peace of mind to live a beautiful, fulfilling life.
Cancer and Careers is committed to changing the face of cancer in the workplace by providing a comprehensive website, free publications, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer.
Uniting The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide, CSC is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.
A nonprofit organization for women with high risk of cancer due to family history and genetic status, and for members of families in which a BRCA mutation may be present. FORCE’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by inherited breast and ovarian cancer.
Assists women at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery, with the mission to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Offers specialized programs and services for the newly diagnosed, young women with advanced breast cancer, women at high risk for developing the disease, and African-American and Latina women. Also offer programs for caregivers and healthcare professionals to help them better meet the needs of women affected by breast cancer.
LiveSTRONG fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Contact LiveSTRONG SurvivorCare at 866.673.7205 or online to get free, confidential support for anyone affected by cancer.
The premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. Works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under.