Community-level breast cancer screening and education support
What do the song and dance number “We’re off to get a Mammogram”, a breast health education curriculum for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities, and a screening program in New Orleans post-Katrina have in common? They are all breast cancer screening and education initiatives supported by Prevent Cancer.
This month, the nation is filled with pink ribbons, t-shirts, labels and events to raise awareness for breast cancer. Since 1994, Prevent Cancer has supported 19 programs in communities large and small across the country, touching women of all ages with breast cancer education and screening.
Here are some examples:
- The Breast Health Education for Young Women Facilitator’s Guide includes instructions for providing skills-based breast health education to young women. It also contains all necessary forms, sample tests and FAQs to make it easy to implement the program in any setting. As a St. Louis health educator put it, “the interactive group activities are a valuable resource and an effective teaching tool.” You can download the guide for FREE.
- For many years, the ¡Celebremos la Vida! program has been providing breast cancer screening and education to underserved Latina women in the D.C. metro area and suburban Chicago.
- The Campeonas contra el cáncer de seno (“Champions against Breast Cancer”) program is designed to increase breast cancer awareness and screening among Latinas. Campeonas are trained to encourage their friends and family over 40 to get screened for breast cancer.
- Free-standing community-level materials for this program include the novela entitled Un encuentro oportuno: conversando sobre el cáncer de seno (“A Timely Encounter: Talking about Breast Cancer”) which uses a story format with pictures to share information about breast cancer screening.
- The easy-to-use training guide and community-level materials are now available in Spanish or English and can be downloaded for FREE.
- Throughout the Washington D.C. metro area, the George Washington University Mammovan has provided over 35,000 mammograms to women in workplaces and underserved communities and has detected over 100 cases of breast cancer. Prevent Cancer has supported these community-level efforts with over $3 million.
- Prevent Cancer’s community grants support many breast cancer screening and education projects which “go where the people are” at powwows, churches, health events and health clinics in cities and rural areas across the country. Prevent Cancer is proud to support these programs. What have you done this month or throughout the year to increase breast cancer awareness and screening?