Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Dorchester

With the changing of the leaves, and the smell of pumpkins and apple spice in the air, we are once again reminded that October is here. This October we have something more to celebrate than the change of seasons. It has been 25 years since the inception of National Breast Cancer Awareness month (NBCAM), a collaboration to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide direct access to services.

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Over the past 25 years, there have been remarkable developments in breast cancer research, events that promote awareness, and the resources that are available for folks trying to prevent this very common disease, however, continued efforts are needed. At Neponset Health Center, we are committed to helping our community prevent breast cancer through routine breast exams, health and wellness promotion, and through dissemination of information around breast health and prevention. We realize that there are several other barriers that exist for women in our community which is why we have embedded case management services that enable us to ensure that each patient has insurance, access to transportation for appointments (cab vouchers and T passes are provided if needed), child care support, a safe living situation (including services for those at risk of domestic violence), legal services, access to food and proper nutrition, and medical care. It is important that we make sure that all barriers are eliminated for those women who are in need of exams and routine medical care.

Our goal is to continue to provide these services and also to enhance programming and wellness services in the health center. Through these efforts and a continued focus on community awareness we hope to reduce stigma around breast health and help women take the steps needed to fight breast cancer head on.

The Neponset Health Center Women’s Health Team provides full service gynecological care, ranging from routine exams to the very latest treatments for pelvic floor disorders, gynecological cancers and menopause management. Our Obstetricians and Midwife Provider deliver at the best birthing hospitals in the region including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

Marissa Goldman-Halpin
Administrative Manager of Women’s Health &
Program Coordinator of Children and Families

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