April 2016: Spring Newsletter

Dear Avon BHOP Grantees,

In 2016 CAI enters its 17th year of managing the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) and its 21st year of working with the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. We are honored to have the privilege of being a long time partner on this important public health initiative.

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of controversy around mammography screening guidelines. There is conflicting guidance among many of the national leaders, including the US Prevention Services Task Force, American Cancer Society, and the American College of Radiology. This creates confusion and uncertainty for many women and men, not to mention medical providers. [For a summary of the various guidelines, please check out our table at http://www.avonbhop.org/guidelines & research].

The Avon BCC recently launched a new educational campaign on its website called Check Yourself. Since breast cancer screening guidelines vary and media reports about early detection can sometimes be confusing, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade encourages individuals to know their risk. The Check Yourself campaign is a global movement that aims to raise awareness and start conversations about how women and men can take action for their own breast health through screening, detection and treatment. This campaign is intended to help you better understand some of the common factors that can influence your personal breast cancer risk, and teach you not only about your risk, but also what actions you can take starting today. Click here to learn more about this new initiative.

Thanks for all you do to help women and men get the best breast care possible!
Avon BHOP Coordinating Center Team