The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Grant Funds Breast Cancer Outreach

CLEVELAND, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals of Cleveland has received a $115,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Northeast Ohio Affiliate to combat racial disparities in breast cancer. The grant will support Project T.E.M.P.L.E. (Teaching- Educating-Mentoring-Preventing-Learning-Empowering), a breast health education program for minority and low-income women in Cleveland's urban areas.

In partnership with St. Vincent Charity Hospital, MacDonald Women's Hospital of University Hospitals of Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) and the Cancer Information Service of the National Cancer Institute, Project TEMPLE is in its third year of funding from Komen and has reached more than 450 women living in Cleveland.

"Project TEMPLE empowers participants to engage in breast cancer screening and overcome barriers to accessing breast and related healthcare," says Meri Armour, RN, Senior Vice President and General Manager, MacDonald Women's Hospital, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Ireland Cancer Center. "We are very pleased that the Komen Foundation is again supporting this unique grant to educate underserved women."

African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage than white women and are also more likely to die from the disease. This racial disparity, which may be due to late stage diagnosis and characteristics of African American women's tumors, indicates the need for new methods to disseminate information regarding prevention, screening and treatment to all segments of the population.

Project TEMPLE seeks to empower women in the Superior/Lakeview, North Broadway, Woodland Hills/East 55th and near-Westside neighborhoods to take active measures in their breast health through three separate programs.

- Small group, culturally tailored classes about breast health will be offered for women ages 40-60. These sessions educate participants about mammography, breast self examination, clinical breast exams, breast cancer warning signs and symptoms, healthy diet, nutrition, tobacco prevention/reduction and exercise. - An innovative program that incorporates music, drama and storytelling will be offered to women ages 60 and older to encourage expression of fears and barriers to mammography. - A pilot breast health education program is being initiated for Latino/Hispanic women ages 20 - 60 with the use of a bilingual health educator.

All participants will be assessed for barriers to healthcare and will be offered the services of a trained health advocate. The health advocate will meet individually with each woman to secure primary care physicians and to facilitate access to health care, breast health services and social service needs.

"We can eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by supporting local organizations and ensuring all women are educated on breast cancer awareness," says Sophie Sureau, Executive Director of the Komen Northeast Ohio Affiliate. "The programs we chose for these grants capably and uniquely reach underserved women throughout our area, which we hope will save many lives."

Since 1994, the Komen Northeast Ohio Affiliate has raised approximately $8.5 million to provide funding and support to Northeast Ohio agencies working to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease as well as research grants nationally. In 2006, the Affiliate Board approved 21 grants, which fund programs that allow women from all backgrounds access to mammograms and treatment, provide breast health education and offer ongoing support to women, men, their families and friends. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is the nation's largest private funder of research dedicated solely to breast cancer.


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