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YWCA of Toledo/ NW OH -- Early detection and persistence pays off

YWCA of Toledo/ NW OH -- Early detection and persistence pays off

We met Ms. G, a 55 year old African American female in 2011 during an outreach effort when she needed assistance getting an annual mammogram. Since then Ms. G has consistently received yearly mammograms which were always normal. In August, Ms. G had her annual mammogram, but this time she received an abnormal mammogram result. She was told there was calcification and a cyst on her right breast and therefore she needed a biopsy. Unfortunately, the biopsy results revealed a cancerous milk duct. Based on this result, she was given two options by her oncologist: a mastectomy or a lumpectomy, which would save her breast. Ms. G decided on the lumpectomy surgery which also included the removal of six lymph nodes. Since the surgery, she has been doing very well with minimal pain and continues to wait for final pathology results from her oncologist. She is eager to return to work.

Due to the fact that we facilitated Ms. G.'s annual mammogram, we were able to catch this issue early on and provide her with the support and resources to quickly get needed services. This is a great example of the value and impact EncorePlus is making in the lives of women in the community. Ms. G continually expresses her gratitude for the continued support and weekly checks our program provides. She told us she shared with the oncology nurses at Toledo Hospital how important the support she receives from EncorePlus has been during this treatment. We wish Ms. G a speedy recovery and future good health.

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