Avon Breast Health Outreach Program awards $26,000 to TMC

Avon Foundation for Women issued the following release on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015:

Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Awards $26,000 to Tucson Medical Center

to Support Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening in the Tucson Area

 Organization Recognized Nationally for Unparalleled Work

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $26,000 one-year grant to Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, to increase awareness of the life-saving importance of early detection of breast cancer, prevention and risk-reduction strategies. Dr. Marc Hurlbert, Executive Director of the Avon Foundation for Women, presented the check to Tucson Medical Center officials in a public ceremony on Tuesday.

Dr. Marc Hurlbert, Avon Foundation; Karen Narum, TMC Nurse Practitioner; Denise Navarrete, TMC Program Coordinator; Michael Duran, TMC Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Dr. Marc Hurlbert, Avon Foundation; Karen Narum, TMC Nurse Practitioner; Denise Navarrete, TMC Program Coordinator; Michael Duran, TMC Vice President & Chief Development Officer

“Tucson Medical Center was selected from a national pool of more than 160 proposals, and this award is a true testament to the Center’s work in the community,” said Hurlbert. “It is an honor for Avon to recognize the excellence of such an amazing program that provides essential breast cancer screening, prevention and treatment services to women in Tucson.”

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States.  According to the American Cancer Society, 4,750 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Arizona this year and 770 lives will be lost. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. The Tucson Medical Center breast health outreach program will help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to reach women with breast cancer information and resources to help overcome factors that keep them from practicing good breast health,” said Denise Navarrete, TMC Program Coordinator.

“This award from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program will enable Tucson Medical Center to screen nearly 300 additional women and educate more than 5,000 women on breast health and cancer risk-reduction strategies,” said Avon Regional Sales Leader Pia Montoya-Kuhl. “Tucson Medical Center’s commitment to quality breast cancer screening and treatment services is exemplary, and it is a true honor to recognize this organization on a national level.”

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, has awarded more than 1,600 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including Tucson Medical Center. The Avon Foundation awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. Many programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.

For more information on Tucson Medical Center, visit http://www.tmcaz.com. To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit http://www.avonbhop.org.

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