SAUGET – The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $38,000 one-year grant to the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation START NOW Breast Health Services Program.
START NOW’s focus is to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early breast cancer detection and increase breast health services to uninsured and underserved women in St. Clair, Madison and Clinton counties.
This is the seventh year that START NOW has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade in recognition of its excellence in increasing breast health importance, targeting and reaching the more at-risk population, and reducing the timeline of services. Since January 2009, the program has reached more than 7,510 women with information about the importance of early breast cancer detection and has referred almost 3,600 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.
START NOW educates women at both SIHF’s health centers and its affiliate hospital, Touchette Regional Hospital, and refers them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities.
“We are proud that the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade shares our mission and has chosen to support our program,” said Debra Custer, program manager. “With these funds we will be able to continue to provide breast health services to women we serve, with the goal in mind to increase awareness and reduce identifying late staged breast cancers.”
— From the Illinois Business Journal