PHILADELPHIA (February 3, 2015)--Fox Chase Cancer Center's Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities (OHCHD) once again received a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund community-based breast cancer screening and patient navigation services. Fox Chase has been fortunate to receive this one-year grant for the past three years. It allows OHCHD to reach underserved, uninsured women with mammography screening and navigation to follow-up services. This unique program brings cancer screening into community settings via its mobile screening unit thus improving access to care.
Many women are unsure as to when or where to obtain breast cancer screening. Working closely with community organizations, Fox Chase has established partnerships to bring the screening to the women. Navigation services include arranging for translation services and transportation services for the follow-up care visit if needed. Through these partnerships, Fox Chase has increased the community's awareness of cancer prevention and screening guidelines as well as provide breast cancer screening.
The goal of Fox Chase's OHCHD is to provide cancer education, screening and outreach services to the community, with a special focus on reaching underserved populations. The 26 year-old mobile mammography program--the only one of its type in the region--is an important part of the OHCHD's community outreach and engagement efforts. The office is committed to providing proven programs that increase knowledge about cancer and help individuals to take the appropriate actions to protect their health.
For additional information about the OHCHD, please contact Evelyn González at 215-728-3689 or visit http://www.
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation's (NBCF) mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. A recipient of Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for eight years, NBCF provides women help for today and hope for tomorrow through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs.
About Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation's first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center's nursing program has received the Magnet status for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, visit Fox Chase's web site at http://www.