Actress Christina Applegate is set to launch her own cancer charity that will help women who can't afford proper preventative care. Right Action For Women will offer programs to help give financial aid to high-risk women who cant afford to get MRIs. An MRI is one of the breast cancer screening tests recommended by the American Cancer Society for women at increased risk for breast cancer.
Unfortunately, many women are not undergoing genetic testing or having breast cancer screening tests because of financial burden or insurance limitations.
Applegate, a cancer survivor herself, gained an appreciation for the tremendous expenses associated with breast cancer screening and treatment during one of her many doctors visits.
"It's unfortunate that insurance companies (in America) don't cover the cost of that. It's such an incredible device because you can find it at an early detection stage. We started our pilot programme and started helping women already, even though we aren't launched.
"The other aspect of the programme is to do genetic counselling and help women understand what being high-risk means, and understanding what foods are good for their bloods and how to prevent this disease from happening. That has been my mission."