Southcentral Foundation Receives $55,000 Grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Grant to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
Anchorage, Alaska — Southcentral Foundation (SCF) was awarded a one-year, $55,000 grant from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program. The grant will be used to increase awareness among Alaska Native and American Indian customer-owners of the life-saving benefits of the early detection of breast cancer. This is the 17th year that SCF’s Breast and Cervical Health Program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
The SCF’s Breast and Cervical Health Program educates and refers women to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The program is available to women in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and more than 60 villages in Southcentral Alaska.
“We appreciate Avon’s continued support of SCF’s breast cancer outreach program. We will continue to educate customer-owners about breast cancer and the early detection screening services available to them in their communities, thanks in part to the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grant,” SCF Vice President of Medical Services Dr. Douglas Eby said.
In partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska and Providence Imaging Center, SCF utilizes a Mobile Digital Mammography unit to reach rural areas. SCF has informational booths in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center and the Valley Native Primary Care Center lobbies to provide breast cancer outreach information and refer women for screening. Additionally, SCF participates in community outreach events such as at the Alaska Aces’ Cancer Games in October, the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Gathering, and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer run/walk. In the fall, SCF also hosts month-long “Think Pink” events at the SCF Health Education and Wellness Center in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Since January 2000, the SCF Breast and Cervical Health Program has reached more than 46,200 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, and has referred more than 36,450 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 232,000 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in the United States this year, and 40,290 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.
About Southcentral Foundation
Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization. Managing more than 80 health care programs and services, SCF serves 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Borough, and 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit.