American Cancer Society Brings Community-Based Breast Cancer Education and Screening Program
As part of its continued leadership in the fight to end
breast cancer, the American Cancer Society has launched a community-based breast cancer screening and education program in partnership with East Valley Community Health Center (EVCHC) in West Covina. The program, made possible through a $50,000 grant from Lee National Denim Day® (a Lee® Jeans program), will increase awareness of and access to breast cancer screening among the medically underserved.
The American Cancer Society and East Valley Community Health Center will provide 2,235 women with access to clinical breast exams and mammograms and provide one-to-one education and screening navigation to 3,530 low income women.
“The American Cancer Society thanks Lee Jeans for its lifesaving support, said the Society’s Judith Martinez. “”With its help we will achieve our goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
Through funding from Lee National Denim Day – one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer – the American Cancer Society will collaborate with community partners to reach nearly 18,000 individuals with life-saving breast cancer education and screenings in the San Gabriel Valley; Hartford, Conn.; Baltimore, Md.; Minneapolis, Minn.; New York, N.Y.; Cleveland Oh; and Houston, Tx. Each community will receive a $50,000 grant to implement education and screening programs aimed at increasing breast cancer screening rates in that community.
Breast cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the U.S. in 2013, and about 40,000 deaths are expected to occur.
The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms beginning at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Clinical breast exams are recommended every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and annually for women 40 and over. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women beginning in their 20s. Women should be informed about the benefits and limitations of BSE and should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer screening has been shown to reduce deaths from the disease. In the U.S., death rates from breast cancer in women have been declining since 1990, due in part to early detection by mammography screening and improvements in treatment.