NEWS RELEASE-Immediate Release

2017

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Receives $44,000 Grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

Local Organization Recognized With Support From National Program

Tuba City, Arizona / December, 2017 – The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $44,000 one-year grant to Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the first year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue. 

clinical breast exams

The breast health program at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation will educate Tuba City-area women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also allow outreach to remote and rural communities that may not have easy access to our main campus facility; in addition, native speaking representatives can discuss and explain why breast health is an essential component to their wellness.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States.  According to the American Cancer Society, 4,750 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Arizona this year and 770 lives will be lost. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as TCRHCC Radiology's Mammography 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 Breast Cancer Crusade shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds, we will be able to provide an outreach initiative aimed at educating and promoting breast health and cancer awareness for the Native American population in their native language. Reaching out to members of the community that are located in rural and or remote locations will be a focus for our program,” said Karalyn Willie, Lead Mammographer, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.

Since 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has awarded more than 1,800 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including the breast health program at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. Many programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services. Visit avonbhop.org for more information.

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 program at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation as one of 60 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2017 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 on the breast health program at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, please call Karalyn Willie or Derek Cox at 928-283-2704. To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit www.avonbhop.org

 

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