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Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Awards Grant to Southcentral Foundation

(Anchorage, Alaska) –  The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a one-year, $60,000 grant to Southcentral Foundation to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.  It is the eleventh year Southcentral Foundation has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue.

The Breast and Cervical Health Program at Southcentral Foundation educates women throughout the Anchorage Service Unit – which includes over 55 villages spread over a geographic area of nearly 110,000 square miles – and refers them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program also provides services to women living within the Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Since October 2000, Southcentral Foundation’s Breast and Cervical Health Program has reached more than 17,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred almost 17,000 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among females 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, 410 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Alaska this year and 70 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 14 minutes. Breast cancer is also one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers for Alaska Native people, and is diagnosed more than twice as often as lung cancer.

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 Breast and Cervical Health Program help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, despite income or geographic location.

“The Breast and Cervical Health Program at Southcentral Foundation looks forward to continuing to partner with Alaska Native women in Southcentral Alaska,” said Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb.

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,425 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States. These programs, including Southcentral Foundation’s Breast and Cervical Health Program, are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.

For more information on the Breast and Cervical Health Program at Southcentral Foundation, please call Kate Landis at (907) 729-8891. 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.

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Southcentral Foundation

Established in 1982, SCF’s mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The nonprofit health care affiliate of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., SCF has grown in its 27 years, from a single dental clinic to an internationally recognized, award-winning health care organization that employs more than 1,400 people and administers a budget of more than $181 million annually to manage more than 60 health care programs and 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. Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care, efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence, its women's environmental movement to nurture nature, and efforts to provide relief and recovery in times of major natural disasters and emergencies. Since the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992, Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have raised almost $700 million for research and advancing advance access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In addition to receiving generous support from Avon Products, Inc., and its sale of Avon “pink ribbon” products, the Foundation raises funds through a variety of 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 and Cervical Health Program at Southcentral Foundation as one of 125 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2010 cycle of Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund 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.

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