File your Taxes. Fight Breast Cancer.
Donate your state income tax refund to the PBCC’s Research Grants program on Line 32 for Pennsylvania scientists working to find a cure
Right now, a Pennsylvania breast cancer researcher is working in a lab on a project that could save women's lives.
Right now, you have a chance to help them find a cure for breast cancer. When you file your taxes, look for Line 32 on the PA state income tax form and choose Code "A"
to donate your refund to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition's Research Grants program. Your donation will help the basic research, the pilot programs, the cutting-edge concepts to get started. These researchers have incredible ideas, but without funding like $50,000 grants from the PBCC, they can't get those ideas off the ground. The PBCC has awarded more than $3 million in breast cancer research thanks to YOU.
Help Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers move their projects forward to clinical trials and new therapies. We know a cure is within reach. Donate your refund today and help us to find a cure now... so our daughters won't have to.
Didn't get a state income tax refund? Click here to make a contribution to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition or host a Grassroots Partner event in your community!
It's a BOY: PBCC Family Welcomes Derek Christian Snoke!
Congratulations to PA Breast Cancer Coalition Community Outreach Director Kristen Snoke and her husband Adam on the arrival of their adorable son, Derek Christian Snoke! Welcome to the PBCC Family, Derek. You are so loved!
Berks Survivor & Photo Exhibit Participant Stronger than Ever After Breast Cancer
Pamela Lochman, Berks County
When I was in treatment, a nurse told me she saw marriages strengthened through breast cancer and others that fell apart. My marriage was definitely strengthened. My husband did things for me I never thought he would be able to do. Todd was my nurse after my bi-lateral mastectomy. He fed me, emptied my drains, bathed me, and made sure he gave me the pain meds on time. It was incredible.
I had found the lump myself. I just moved my hand across my breast and felt it. I got on the bed and asked Todd to check but he could not feel it. Fortunately, two doctors live next door and I asked one of them to come over. She did a breast exam right there in my living room. She said not to worry but to schedule a diagnostic mammogram. I had the mammogram and there it was. I was more afraid than I had ever been in my life when I heard the words “you have cancer.” I drove to where my husband works and fell into his arms. We retreated to our home. We had been planning a weekend at the beach and were all packed to go. I decided that nothing changes, not the plans to go away and not the things we wanted to do. I just kept saying that I wanted to live, I wanted to grow old with him, and I wanted to dance with our son Eric at his wedding...
Diagnostic & Screening Mammograms:
What's the Difference?
DID YOU KNOW?
There are screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms. Screening mammograms are routine annual tests used to detect cancer in women before they have signs or symptoms of the disease. Diagnostic mammograms are used after a lump or other symptom has been found, or after a suspicious screening mammogram.
But … did you know that after treatment for breast cancer, your annual mammogram may be considered “diagnostic” for the first five years after surgery? And, while insurers cover screening mammograms at no cost to the woman, many do not cover the full cost of diagnostic mammograms. Check with your insurance company and mammography facility to avoid being surprised with a bill for your mammogram.
Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to cover 3D screening mammograms at no cost for women insured under PA law. Click here to read our 3D screening mammogram info sheet. Need a 3D mammogram, click here to find a provider in your area.