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Breast Health and Research Center Poised to Help Young Cancer Survivors

The John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center was awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a three-year cooperative agreement that will bring education and support services to cancer survivors 45 years and younger and their families.

John C. Lincoln was one of only seven organizations nationwide to receive this funding.

"Young women face concerns and difficulties with a breast cancer diagnosis that post-menopausal women may not experience," said Sherry Gage, RTRM, director of the Breast Center.

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"This grant will allow the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center to educate young women throughout Arizona on the risks of breast cancer, breast self exams and resources for treatments, genetic factors and support groups that address their special needs," she added.

In conjunction with the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation, the Breast Health and Research Center secured $217,000 for year one, and up to $650,000 total for the three-year period, depending upon satisfactory progress reports and availability of future federal funds.

Goals include providing young women with breast cancer access to services that ensure their quality of life is comparable to the general population and reducing breast cancer mortality.

The Breast Health and Research Center is well positioned to implement this grant because of its 3D mammography capabilities, which are essential to finding cancers in the denser breast tissue of young women.

Learn more about innovative diagnostics and care and community support at JCL.com/breasthealth.

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