The Fight Against Breast Cancer


Did you know……………

• 39,520 women were expected to die from breast cancer in 2011.

• 288,230 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.

• 2,971,610 estimated women are breast cancer survivors in 2011.

• Survivorship is dependent on early detection and education.

On May 18th and 19th, The Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2013 takes place! This year, the Boston Breast Harbor Health team invites you to join us at Carson Beach at 7:15 am on May 18 for a community rally to cheer on the women who walk for the cause. Last year, the Walk raised more than $4.8 million in Boston and presented grants to New England organizations that are making a difference in breast cancer awareness including Massachusetts General Hospital (home of the Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Care and Research Center, an Avon Foundation Breast Care Center of Excellence), Tufts Medical Center, Silent Spring Institute, and Central Main Medical Center.

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On May 28, please join us at 12:00 pm in the Neponset Health Center Conference Room where the Boston Avon Breast team will present a lecture on Targeted Therapies by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The presentation will provide information on new advances in cancer research, and how the community can help advance these studies. Many cancer research studies rely on the general public to donate biological specimens (e.g., blood, hair, or urine) for research purposes. This presentation will discuss the process of donating specimens, the benefits and risks involved, and why these donations are so important. As cancer treatments move to customized therapies, it is imperative that the public understands the process and helps by volunteering to donate. If you would like to attend, please send an RSVP email to

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The breast team is also promoting to fight breast cancer to our patients by participating in the Dana Farber Mammography Van program that brings digital mammography to both Neponset Health Center and Geiger Gibson Community Health Center. We can also book mammograms at local hospitals. If you would like more information about our screening programs please call us at 617-282-3200 X 3144.



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