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Local Women in Need Get Life-Saving Breast Cancer Screenings

American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer mobilizes education and screening for breast cancer in the Lehigh Valley.

Bethlehem, PA (5/28/2013) - In 2012, hundreds of Lehigh Valley residents joined forces to change the course of breast cancer forever at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk. The funds raised are helping the American Cancer Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. The dollars raised are currently funding groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; are ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them; and are providing free resources and support to the one in two newly diagnosed women who turn to the American Cancer Society for help, including transportation and lodging during treatment.

Here in the Lehigh Valley, funds raised by Making Strides supporters have also contributed to a community grant given to St. Luke's Hospital and their initiative to increase breast cancer screening for women in need in our area through the project, Community- and Clinic-Based Strategies for Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Low-Income Minority Women in South Bethlehem. The goals of the project are to increase the number of low-income, predominantly Latino women residing in Northampton and Lehigh County who understand and have access to breast cancer screening services by developing collaborative community-based educational networks. The project also works to increase breast cancer screening completion rates for females receiving care in our local clinics. Through the American Cancer Society's partnership with St. Luke's Hospital this project is expected to reach 600 women with life-saving information and screenings.

After a competitive application process and review, American Cancer Society Making Strides Community Partnership Grants like the one with St. Luke's Hospital have been awarded to 18 different community health organizations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. These qualified partners are currently working to make sure all women have the access to screening they need through community outreach, and breast cancer education.

To learn more about how you can support the fight against breast cancer in your community, visit makingstrideswalk.org.

Learn more about St. Luke's Cancer Services.


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Denise Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network
Denise.Rader@sluhn.org
484-526-4104