Highland Breast Care Center Awarded $25,000 for Outreach Efforts

April 03, 2006

For the fourth consecutive year, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded a significant grant to the Highland Breast Care Center. The 2006 grant totals $25,000, one of the largest in the region.

Over the past four years, the foundation has provided nearly $100,000 to the Breast Care Center. The foundation is an international organization with a network of volunteers working through local affiliates to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. Outreach efforts by the Highland Hospital Breast Care Center are providing more mammograms to women who are uninsured or underinsured than ever before.

According to Susan Swift, outreach coordinator for the Breast Care Center, the increase in mammograms is due to comprehensive outreach efforts. “We work collaboratively with Women’s Health Partnership and the Anthony Jordon/Westside Health Services to get the word out to at-risk neighborhoods in the city that free mammograms are available to women without insurance or who are underinsured,” Swift said. “Lately we’re seeing a trend of more women from throughout all of Monroe County who are divorced, separated or recently laid off from work without insurance but still understanding the importance of yearly mammograms.”

In 2003 the Breast Care Center provided:

  • 228 mammogram screenings.
  • 530 women attended educational workshops or health fairs providing details on early detection and self exams.

In 2004 the Breast Care Center provided:

  • 266 mammogram screenings.
  • 1,981 women attended educational workshops or health fairs providing details on early detection and self exams.

In 2005 the Breast Care Center provided:

  • 511 mammogram screenings.
  • 4,000 women attended educational workshops or health fairs providing details on early detection and self exams.

BREAST CANCER FACTS

·                           New York State ranks among the five highest states in breast cancer incidence. (NCI, SEER 1999)

·                           Of all New York State counties, Monroe County has the second highest incidence of breast cancer. (Suffolk County on Long Island is #1.) (NCI, SEER 1999)

·                           All women, of all races, are at risk of developing breast cancer. Ninety percent of women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.

·                           Risk of developing a breast cancer increases with age, but most breast cancers are found in women between the ages of 40 and 65. (NCI, SEER 1996-2000)

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