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OLBH Receives $40,000 from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $40,000 one-year grant to OLBH to increase early detection of breast cancer through OLBH’s Mobile Mammography Unit. It is the ninth year the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work with the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit and in recognition of the program’s excellence.  

The OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit will utilize the $40,000 to provide mammography services to rural, underserved women in the FIVCO area. “Early detection saves lives,” Jeani Thomas, OLBH’s Women’s Health Service Line Leader, said. “The generous funding of the Avon Foundation for Women will help with our goal of saving women’s lives by promoting detection of breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. With the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit, we help women take control of their health by learning proper self-exam techniques and by having regular mammograms.”  

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 14 minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment.  Programs such as that of the OLBH Mobile Health Center help ensure all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $910 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women.

For more information on the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit including a schedule of the center’s stops, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

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