BREAST HEALTH PROGRAM:
The Neighborhood Health Clinic is a Susan G Komen SW FL Affiliate grant recipient. The funds received each year make it possible for the Clinic to:
- Provide education on self breast examination utilizing a multilingual DVD with a breast health educator
- Provide breast examinations by a physician
- Diagnose patients at an early and more treatable stage through screening mammograms or diagnostic procedures as determined by a physician.
A complimentary copy of the multilingual Self Breast Examination video is available upon request. Please call 239.260.2080.
Self Breast Exam Tips
- Regular monthly self breast exams can result in early detection and early detection SAVES LIVES.
- Woman should perform monthly self breast exams AND be examined by a physician on a regular basis.
- Pick a day each month that is easy to remember so you will not forget to perform your self breast exam. For example, the first of every month, the first day after your period, your birthday, etc.
- Schedule your physician visits around your birthday so you do not forget them.
- Woman who have had breast cancer or a close family member who has had breast cancer may need to be tested earlier or more frequently.
- Remember: men are affected by breast cancer too.
Vital Volunteers: Breast Health Educators
October is a month dedicated to the remembrance of those who were lost, those still fighting and those who survived breast cancer. Since 2004, the Neighborhood Health Clinic has been a recipient of a Susan G. Komen grant through the Southwest Florida Affiliate which allows the Clinic to provide life-saving breast health services for their patients.
Nancy Boyer, Barbara Heimann, JoAnn Robinson, and Lucy Valentine, volunteer at the Clinic as breast health educators. During each clinic session, one of these vital volunteers will review the charts and identify the patients who are due for their mammograms. Then team members show patients the multilingual video produced by the Clinic titled “Self Breast Examination, a Tutorial That Could Save Your Life!” By utilizing this DVD, the Clinic has seen a substantial increase in the number of… Read more…
Early Detection Saves Lives
Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as an annual health campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Now, with 26 years of awareness, women AND men are encouraged to take action. Practicing regular self-breast examinations, getting mammograms as recommended and scheduling regular visits with physicians can lead to early detection….and early detection saves lives.
Nelly is one of the Neighborhood Health Clinic’s breast cancer survivors because of early detection. Nelly became a patient at the Clinic in January 2006 but it wasn’t until October of the following year that she began to worry about something more serious. “I think I have something wrong in my breast,” she said to herself when she first felt a lump while doing a self-breast exam. Nelly, with a 5 year old daughter at home, had received the… Read more…
Every March, the Neighborhood Health Clinic Heelers walk in the Susan G. Komen SW FL Affiliate Race for the Cure. The signature event, held at Coconut Point Mall in March each year, raises over $1 million. 75% of the money raised is distributed to 12 grantees in a five county area. Among those grantees, the Neighborhood Health Clinic received funds to provide female patients with life-saving mammograms and breast testing.
The next Race for the Cure is scheduled for March 9, 2013 at Coconut Point Mall. Click here to register to walk with the Neighborhood Health Clinic Heelers.