Knoxville, TN, April 21, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $60,000 one-year grant to the Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the eleventh 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.
BHOP at UT Medical Center will educate area women in 21 rural and remote counties in eastern Tennessee and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also provide free comprehensive education programs emphasizing the importance of the early detection of breast cancer.
In 2012 alone, nearly 3,000 education and/or screening contacts have been completed by BHOP at the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute. Their major focus is to provide information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer along with access to digital screening mammograms and clinical breast exams on our state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit.
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, 4,680 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Tennessee this year and 890 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 and treatment, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as UT Medical Center’s BHOP help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.
“Many factors, such as fear, keep women from practicing good breast health,” says Dr. John L. Bell, director of the Cancer Institute at UT Medical Center. “There is a tremendous need to reach women with information and resources,” adds Bell. “We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program.”
Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded 1,550 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including the Breast Health Outreach Program at the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute. 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 more than 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 the Breast Health Outreach Program at the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute as one of 100 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2013 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 UT Medical Center Breast Health Outreach Program, please call 865-305-9753. 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.
The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet® recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 581-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org.