Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Awards Breast Cancer Grant to Maternal and Family Health Services for “Pass the Power of Pink” Program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $50,000 one-year grant to Maternal and Family Health Services, increasing awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the fifth year that MFHS has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

The Pass the Power of Pink breast health program at MFHS uses community outreach and education to inform women of Northeast Pennsylvania on the importance of good breast health. The program encourages women to get regular breast health screenings, hosts breast health screening events for women to receive free clinical breast exams and mammograms and connects women with breast health services available to them in their local area.

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.  According to the American Cancer Society, 10,290 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Pennsylvania this year and 1,950 lives will be lost. 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 MFHS’s Pass the Power of Pink help ensure that all women have access to the early detection information they need and options for good health choices, even poor and medically underserved women.

“These grant funds will allow MFHS to continue to reach out to women across Northeast Pennsylvania with potentially life-saving information and resources,” said Bette Cox Saxton, President & CEO, Maternal and Family Health Services. “MFHS serves over 1,612 women each year with preventative screenings and diagnostic services for breast cancer through the HealthyWoman Program and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Health Initiative, and this past year provided 1,242 mammograms through these programs. We are grateful that the Avon Foundation shares and supports our mission to connect women with vital cancer screening services.”

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,550 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including Pass the Power of Pink at MFHS. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.