September 12, 2016 Woodbury CT
E.M.P.O.W.E.R.E.D. Early Matters: Providing Opportunities With Educational Resources for Early Detection: Grant from Connecticut Community Foundation Funds Outreach Efforts
Along with educational literature (http://bit.ly/2c3WJ0Z), a video, with English Captions, urging women to be smart about breast cancer screening options, including knowledge of their breast density for optimum breast health, is featured. A survivor's poignant story, a call to breast health action from a Latina leader and a physician, frame the compelling short video.
The American Cancer Society reports (http://bit.ly/2c3UpHu) breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in Hispanic/Latina women as they are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced disease compared to white non-Hispanic population.
Yoellie Iglesias, director of Madre Latina Inc., reports, "The video is empowering, giving women the ability to be ambassadors of our breast health." Obstetrician/gynecologist Claudia Grogean, M.D., concurs, "This video is a welcomed educational resource for my Hispanic and Latina patients and women across the globe."
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., founder and director of nonprofits, Are You Dense, Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc., also a video contributor, explains that dense breast tissue hides cancerous tumors on mammogram, making cancer difficult to detect until much further along. "Our mission is clear, first, ensuring that no woman suffers the tragedy of a preventable late-stage diagnosis and second, eliminating barriers to adjunct screening, such as ultrasound and MRI. We are especially grateful to the Connecticut Community Foundation for funding this targeted outreach effort."