Screening Program Receives Grant from Avon

Screening Program Receives Grant From Avon

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $45,000 one year grant to Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation in support of the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program (SRHSP) to increase awareness of the life saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the fifth year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program's excellence.

Southeast Regional Health Screening Program at SAMC educates Wiregrass area women and refers them to low cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities through a state of the art 40 ft. mobile medical unit. The vital program will also provide nurse navigation service to women diagnosed with breast cancer through SRHSP.

Since September 2007, the SRHSP at SAMC has reached more than 5,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. In the past two years alone, the program has performed 2972 mammograms and clinical breast exams, 70 of which had abnormal results.

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program awarded a $45,000 one7133AVONCheckPresentation20120130 year grant to the SAMC Foundation in support of the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program. The money will be used to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. Pictured left to right are: Scott Griffin, director of the Southeast Cancer Center; Jarrod B. Adkison, M.D., radiation oncologist at Southeast Cancer Center; Steven Stokes, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director at Southeast Cancer Center; Debra Stringer, program coordinator, Southeast Regional Health Screening Program; and Valerie Barnes, executive director of the SAMC Foundation.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. According to the American Cancer Society, 288 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Alabama this year and 54 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 14 minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

"We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will continue to provide the highest quality of breast health education and screening throughout the Wiregrass," stated Dr. Steven H. Stokes, medical director for the SRHSP.

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,550 grants to community based breast health programs across the United States, including the SRHSP at SAMC. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.

The Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer Crusade
The Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and today is the world's largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which observes its 20th anniversary in 2012, has placed Avon at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer; today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally. In the 20 years since the Crusade's launch, Avon breast cancer programs in 58 countries have donated more than $740 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person's ability to pay. Avon raises funds for the Crusade through the sale of Avon "Pink Ribbon" products, and through events and walks, such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Foundation's largest fund-raising source.

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund's National Advisory Board selected Southeast Regional Health Screening Program at Southeast Alabama Medical Center as one of 120 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2012 cycle of Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved.

For more Information

For more information on the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program at SAMC, please call Debra Stringer at 334-793-8080. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org, or the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER or www.cancer.gov.

To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit www.avonfoundation.org, where you can access free printable Breast Health Resource Guides in English and Spanish. For information or to register or support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events, visit www.avonwalk.org or call 1-888-540-WALK.