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ACCESS Receives $65,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

posted on: Feb 13, 2008

ACCESS was awarded a $65,000 one-year grant by the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.

It is the tenth year that the program has received Avon Foundation funding to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the excellence of the program.

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) at ACCESS Community Health & Research Center will educate women over 40 years of age, who reside in Metropolitan Detroit-area and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities.

Since January 1997, the BCCCP at ACCESS has reached more than 13,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred almost 11,000 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.

“Many barriers, such as cultural inhibitions towards cancer disease, fear, and language or lack of a doctor’s recommendation, prevent women from practicing good breast health,” says Dr. Adnan Hammad, director of ACCESS Community Health & Research Center. “There is a tremendous need to reach women with information and resources,” adds Hammad. “We are grateful that Avon shares this mission and has chosen to support our program.”