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Why the YWCA Invests in Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness for Prevention and Education

breast cancer awarenessThe number of breast cancer diagnoses in 2017 will be second only to skin cancer, according to breastcancer.org, with approximately 30 percent of all cancers diagnosed as breast cancer. This staggering statistic is just one reason why breast cancer awareness matters to the YWCA of St. Joseph.

For decades, breast cancer awareness has been on the rise, and while death rates have decreased, breast cancer will still claim the lives of more women in the United States than any other cancer, with the exception of lung cancer. Here are a few other facts you should know about breast cancer:

Family matters:  If you’ve had a close relative diagnosed with breast cancer, you need to be on the alert and conducting regular self-exams. The diagnosis of a first-degree relative, such as a mother, sister or daughter, doubles your risk of developing breast cancer. However, less than 15 percent of women with breast cancer have ever had a relative diagnosed with it. Between five and 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be the result of an inherited gene mutation.

You are at risk if…: The two biggest risk factors for breast cancer are gender (female) and age (your risk increases as you grow older). Since one out of every eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer, your chances of having breast cancer are 12.4 percent overall.

You are not on your own when it comes to breast cancer detection and prevention. The programs of the YWCA of St. Joseph exist to empower and equip women for a bright future, and that includes measures to support breast cancer awareness. The ENCOREplus Breast Health initiative provides a variety of services designed to help women get the care they need.

Here are a few of the services ENCOREplus provides:

  • Free group or one-on-one presentations on breast health
  • Referrals for mammograms and, if applicable, financial aid for mammograms
  • Transportation to and from mammogram appointments, if necessary
  • Free gift for those that receive their mammogram and call the YWCA office

ENCOREplus was created in an effort to invite and encourage women to be active participants in their own health. Last year alone, more than 2,000 women received resources from the program, and services were provided in both English and Spanish.

To learn more about breast cancer awareness, or to engage in the ENCOREplus program, contact us at the YWCA of St. Joseph. We look forward to talking with you more!

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Working to Improve Breast Cancer Awareness in the St. Joseph Area

Working to Improve Breast Cancer Awareness in the St. Joseph Area

YWCA and Partners Host Lunch and Learns Increase Breast Cancer Awareness and Education

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death for women and is the second most often diagnosed cancer among women. Breast cancer will claim around 40,000 female lives in the coming year.  This is why the YWCA St. Joseph is teaming up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and area partners to host four separate no-cost Lunch and Learn events to share facts and improve breast cancer awareness in our area.

The facts about breast cancer can be surprising. Did you know that breast cancer affects more African-American women than Caucasian women? Did you realize that having a close relative with breast cancer effectively doubles your risk of also experiencing the cancer? Yet, breast cancer shows up 85 percent of the time in women with no breast cancer in their family history. Furthermore, while breast cancer is still diagnosed for women under the age of 45, the risk of developing this cancer increases with age due to gene mutations that occur as a women get older?

The YWCA St. Joseph wants to share the facts with as many women and their families as possible about breast cancer, including working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to host a series of free informational lunch events this fall. These events (Lunch and Learns) will include expert speakers and will be offered at various locations around St. Joseph. Please make plans now to attend one or more and bring along a friend.

The Lunch and Learn Schedule includes four events:

September 14, 2016: What is Breast Cancer?
This event will take place at the East Hills Mall food court between 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be imaging and virtual reality machinery on hand for viewing. The event, including lunch, is available at no cost. Please RSVP by September 12 to cteater@ywcasj.org or call 816-232-4481.

September 21, 2016: What Happens After Diagnosis?
This event is scheduled to be hosted at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Virtual reality machinery will be on display and lunch will be served. The event, including lunch, is available at no cost. Please RSVP by September 19 to cteater@ywcasj.org or by calling 816-232-4481.

September 28, 2016: Breast Cancer Supports
We will host this free lunchtime event at our YWCA offices from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Virtual reality machinery will be on hand for viewing and lunch will be served. The event, including lunch, is available at no cost.  Please RSVP no later than September 26 to cteater@ywcasj.org or call 816-232-4481.

October 5, 2016: Spanish Speaking – What is Breast Cancer?
This Lunch and Learn designed for Spanish-speaking residents at Inter-Serv and will offer free information, free lunch and the opportunity to see the what it would be like for a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer. It will be an 11:30-1:00 event. Please RSVP by October 3 to cteater@ywcasj.org or by calling 816-232-4481.

Read more at www.ywcasj.org.

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Regular Breast Cancer Screening Reduces Risk for Women

Regular Breast Cancer Screening Reduces Risk for Women

How the YWCA Helps Ensure Breast Cancer Screening Takes Place

Although breast cancer does affect both men and women it is a particularly high-risk cancer for women. Close to 30 percent of new cancer diagnoses in women are breast cancer. In 2015, there were nearly a quarter million new cases of invasive breast cancer in women and over 60,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. One of the best preventive measures a woman can take to protect herself against this disease is to schedule a regular breast cancer screening. Here are some additional tips to know and share:

Family History is Not the Only Clue

It is true that a woman with breast cancer in her immediate family history faces twice the risk of developing breast cancer as other women. However, that represents just 15 percent of breast cancer cases. Breast cancer also shows up in women with no family history of the disease. This means that keeping an eye on breast health is a must for all women.

Screening Has Improved (But it’s Still Dependent on a Woman Scheduling the Screening)

The good news is that clinical exams and mammography make an enormous difference in early detection. In recent years there has been a large drop in the number of breast cancer deaths in women under age 50 largely due to improved breast cancer screening and greater participation rates. Improvements for women over age 50 are also seen with regular check-ups and awareness. For women ages 40-50 with an average risk a yearly breast cancer screening is recommended. In women ages 50-70 undergoing breast screening every two years is recommended. High-risk women should begin screenings around age 30. (Note: These are general guidelines. Women should follow the screening schedules recommended by their individual health care provider).

The YWCA is Helping Women With Important Breast Cancer Resources

For some women, getting regular health care is a challenge. The cost, transportation barriers, language barriers and low information can hinder preventive breast cancer screening. This is precisely where the YWCA steps in to help. The ENCOREplus breast cancer outreach program reduces barriers that keep women from going to annual mammogram appointments. ENCOREplus provides community outreach, education, resource referral, barrier reduction, year-round events and more. We can also connect women with financial aid resources needed for regular mammogram check-ups. (When necessary, we can also help with transportation to mammogram appointments).
Last year, ENCOREplus offered services to 2,000 plus Northwest Missouri women. By giving women needed health information and supporting women’s access to appropriate health care, we help women in our area take responsibility for their own wellness and well-being. If you’ve been putting off your breast cancer screening, we encourage you to call our downtown YWCA office and find out how we can help.

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