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TMC receives $25,000 grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

Avon Breast Health Outreach Program in Tucson

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has again awarded a $25,000 one-year grant to Tucson Medical Center to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States and early detection still provides the best opportunity for successful treatment .

Tucson Medical Center created the TMC Breast Health and Education Program to educate Tucson-area women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program provides services to women who would not otherwise seek a screening mammogram.

Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

Denise Navarrete, TMC breast health and education program coordinator


The fund’s national advisory board selected The TMC Breast Health and Education Program as one of 56 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2017 cycle of Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grants. Programs were selected based on their ability to effectively reach underserved women in the communities they serve.

It is the nineteenth year that TMC has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

Since May of 1998, the TMC Breast Health and Education Program has reached more than 50,000 women with information about the importance of early detection and has referred almost 7,000 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.

The TMC Breast Health and Education Program helps ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options.

“We are proud that the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade 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 Early detection saves lives at TMC Breast Center Avon Breast Cancer Crusade help overcome factors that keep them from practicing good breast health,” said Denise Navarrete, TMC breast health and education program coordinator.

For more information on the TMC Breast Health and Education Program at Tucson Medical Center please call (520) 324-1286. To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit

Mammograms—A personal experience

If you’re due for your mammogram, this post is another reminder to schedule it! Right now! Go on.

I just had mine and I tried to stay aware of every moment of it, reminding myself that I am glad that I have insurance that allows this important screening without any hassle. (If you don’t have insurance TMC for Women’s Breast Center offers free screening mammograms for uninsured women thanks to Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona Affiliate, Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, and TMC Foundation.) I also wanted to take mental notes about the process to share with you here.

Mainly, I noted that it really didn’t hurt. It’s uncomfortable, more because some very nice person is putting your arms in all sorts of odd positions. Plus, I’m spatially challenged so when she’d tell me to look toward my left shoulder, or whatever, it would take me a while to figure out what, exactly, that meant. (No making fun of me please—many highly intelligent people are spatially challenged, right?)

If you’re still cycling, schedule your mammo for early in your cycle—breasts tend to be tender right before menstruation, and for some women, during ovulation. The first few days of your cycle, while you’re still bleeding, or just after ovulation, are likely to be the most comfortable time for having mammogram.

Remember not to wear perfume or deodorant the day of your mammogram. If the screening is something you dread, and you can afford to treat yourself, why not schedule a pedicure or massage for afterward? Then you’ll associate this necessary screening with something pleasant.

Mostly I was enchanted by the awesome collection of magazines they have in the waiting room of mammogram clinics. Don’t tell anyone, but after they were done with me, I spent about half an hour catching up on In Style and US Weekly. For a working mom, a waiting room well-stocked with the latest magazines is a free, delicious treat.