The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, located on the campus of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, received a $40,000 grant from the Los Angeles County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The grant will allow the center to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic procedures to the underinsured and underserved, the center said.

The grant is for women and men under age 40 who need imaging services and breast cancer care because they have symptoms of the disease, are at high risk of getting breast cancer or have a strong family history of the disease.

“This is a remarkable award,” Terry Bucknall, director of the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, said in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled to be able to provide services to those patients under 40 years of age who are in need and cannot afford early detection procedures.”

Bucknall said the grant will allow the Breast Imaging Center to help up to 150 patients. The grant money will pay for screenings, diagnostic procedures and educational materials. Since being awarded its first Komen grant in 2004, the Breast Imaging Center has received a total of $230,000; treated 1,251 patients; performed 1,053 ultrasounds; 430 mammograms; 318 biopsies; 95 cyst aspirations; and detected 22 cancers.

“We have treated 133 patients (between the ages of 13 and 39) and performed 212 procedures between April 2011 and March 2012. Fortunately no cancers were detected,” she added

Judy Temes