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3.19.2013
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News Room: Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Awards Grant for Breast Cancer Program to St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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Edgewood, KY—The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $35,000 one-year grant to St. Elizabeth Healthcare to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the seventh 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.

The Appalachian Help, Outreach, Prevention, and Education (A HOPE) program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare will educate Northern Kentucky area women and bring to them low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own neighborhoods through the St. Elizabeth mobile mammography program. The vital program provides professional staff for individual and community education, individual follow up, and provides coordination of follow up services for women with abnormal mammograms or clinical breast exams.

Since January 2007, the A HOPE program at St. Elizabeth has reached more than 10,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred almost 4,000 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.

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. In 2012, more than 275 Northern Kentucky women were diagnosed with breast cancer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 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 the A HOPE 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 shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to increase the number of women being educated and referred to receive free mammograms and clinical breast exams,” said Phyllis Reed, A HOPE Coordinator. “In Northern Kentucky, whether in the inner city, suburbs or outlying rural counties, there is never a reason for a woman not to have a mammogram. This funding allows us to get the word out to the community.”

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,550 grants to community-based breast health programs throughout the United States, including the A HOPE program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 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 $780 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 A HOPE program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare 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 A HOPE program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare please call Phyllis Reed at 859-301-9098. 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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