It's a decision nobody should have to make: your health or paying the bills. A recent survey shows that decision is happening quite frequently.
Becky Ryan is a single mother of three kids. Like every mom, she wants what's best for her kids, even if it means sacrificing her own health.
"It is expensive to go to the doctor," Ryan said, "and when you raise children sometimes you choose to take care of them instead of yourself."
One of the questions on the survey asked, "Have you ever had to choose between paying medical bills and groceries?" Of those surveyed, 150 women answered and 83 said yes, they've had to make that choice.
Ryan has cervical cancer, and there have been times when she's had to put off treatment.
"There's been times where I didn't have the money to pay for my prescription so I just went without," she said.
The Center for People in Need's survey asked 162 women about healthcare and breast cancer awareness. Ryan, thankfully, doesn't have to battle that form of cancer. She performs a simple self-examination.
"If you're doing self breast exams you watch for lumps, you watch for tenderness in your breasts," Ryan said.
The survey showed that 56 percent of respondents were not regularly checking themselves for signs of breast cancer, something the executive director called an alarming number.
"We're going to really focus on, because of the survey, we now know that we have to inform people," said The Center for People in Need's Executive Director, Beatty Brasch.
Brasch said the center sees about 33,000 low income people per year, half of which she says are women.
When it comes to a professional health exam she said, "Get it. Don't put it off. Go immediately and call your doctor. Start it tonight."
And to those women who haven't checked for breast cancer.
"It's never too late. You can do it right now," she said.