Will help screen medically underserved women for cancer

Riverside Cancer Services has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation to fund breast cancer screenings and educational activities for eligible women in the communities we serve.  Each year Riverside offers numerous free community health promotions and cancer screening activities in an effort to raise awareness of cancer prevention and early detection methods. 

The Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation is a worldwide leader in the fight against breast cancer.  The Komen Foundation is the largest private source of breast cancer research funding in the United States.  In addition to funding national research, the Komen Foundation and its 116 affiliates fund community-based health education, breast cancer screening and treatment for women without resources.  Of the local funds raised by the Tidewater Affiliate, 75% of the net proceeds remain in the local Hampton Roads area with the remaining funds going to national breast cancer research. 

Riverside Cancer Services is a fourth time recipient of this grant through the Tidewater Affiliate of the Komen Foundation.  Since 2000, the program, called the Breast Health Alliance Program, has screened over 450 women for breast cancer.  Of those screened, seven women have been diagnosed with breast cancer and treated.

The Breast Health Alliance Program works collaboratively with local physicians and medical experts, mammographers, nurses, Outreach Workers, Clerical staff, the Peninsula Health District, Three Rivers Health District, the Peninsula Cancer Prevention Coalition and community agencies to accomplish our grant goals.  

To be eligible for the Breast Health Alliance Program women must be under the age of 50, live on the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Tappahannock or Northern Neck areas of the state, meet federal income guidelines, be uninsured or under-insured and not be currently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Additionally, Riverside offers women enrolled in the Breast Health Alliance Program  free pap smears and clinical breast examinations.  This initiative is funded through Riverside Cancer Services as part of our outreach activities to the community.  Over 150 women have taken advantage of this free offering to date.

As a supplement to the Komen Foundation Grant, Riverside Cancer Services is also a provider through a grant from the Centers of Disease Control’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program (Every Woman’s Life).  This program provides breast and cervical cancer screenings for women aged fifty and older, with similar  eligibility requirements  as the Komen Grant. 

Published: April 19, 2005