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Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Inc., START NOW Breast Cancer Awareness Services demonstrate how outreach and Navigation can be life saving

We had a young woman who was very concerned about a lump in her breast; she was uninsured and basically did not know where to turn for help. This patient states she saw something on television about uninsured women and contacted IBBCP. IBCCP referred her to our facility for a diagnostic mammogram and CBE.
This patient was diagnosed with unilateral breast cancer and she was introduced to Debra Custer, our Treatment Navigator. This patient had experienced many life changing events she shared with Deb and the diagnosis of breast cancer was almost too much for her to accept and she felt like giving up. Deb assured her that she would be by her side throughout the process and all she had to worry about was getting better. Deb accompanied this young women to her first surgical consult, which proved to be unbeneficial as the patient refused to see him again and wanted a second opinion. Deb set up an appointment with an additional surgeon who was very caring and requested an MRI of both breasts. Unfortunately, the MRI showed bilateral breast cancer and the patient has experienced a bilateral mastectomy as well as bilateral reconstruction. Today, this patient is a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness and speaks publically on the subject.

A Grantee's Perspective

Chenango Health Network has received grant funding from the NYS Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for many years. AVON BHOP support has enabled our agency to conduct our Every Woman Counts in Chenango County Campaign, which motivates, encourages and supports hundreds of women who live in this rural upstate county to be screened for breast cancer and receive necessary treatment and support. Read More