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Published on November 24, 2014

Saint Mary’s Receives Komen Connecticut Grant for Breast Health

WATERBURY, Conn. (November 24, 2014) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital has been awarded a $32,750 grant from Susan G. Komen Connecticut. The grant will provide screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds for women through the Navigating Breast Health Program, which is dedicated to reducing high rates of breast cancer mortality and the high proportion of late-stage diagnoses, particularly among women in the areas of Cheshire, Naugatuck and Waterbury.

Susan G. Komen Grant for Saint Mary's HospitalKomen Connecticut, the largest non-government funder of breast cancer programs in Connecticut, has invested more than $700,000 in 17 grant programs this year to support local breast health programs across the state.

Connecticut has the highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States and it is estimated that 3,000 Connecticut women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Based on the Community Health Profile, Komen Connecticut has identified three main priorities, which include:

  • Strengthening and building the capacity of existing breast health providers
  • Promoting the importance of screening and early detection
  • Increasing screening resources available to underserved women and women with the highest risk.

This year’s grantees will use the funding to perform activities such as offering screening mammograms, promoting the importance of early detection through breast health education and helping women work with doctors to navigate breast cancer services, Komen Connecticut said.

“These local programs are essential to ensuring women in Connecticut communities have access to the breast cancer services they need,” said Anne Morris, CEO of Komen Connecticut. “Until we find the cures for breast cancer, early detection is our best defense against the disease. The work of our grantees allows us to make a difference on a local level and help the women of our communities beat breast cancer.”

At Saint Mary’s Hospital, the grant will be administered by the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at Saint Mary’s Health Center. Since 1995, Saint Mary’s early detection program has provided breast and cervical cancer screenings for more than 3,200 uninsured or underinsured women and men in Greater Waterbury. Patients receive free screening and diagnostic services and work directly with a bilingual nurse case manager to address barriers to care if faced with a high risk or cancer diagnosis. To date, 76 women have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through this program. These women have received appropriate and timely follow-up care and treatment.

Today, the early detection program continues to impact the lives of women and their families. All screening services are provided by Saint Mary’s Hospital. To learn more about the program, please call 203-709-3800.

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