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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 www.avonbhop.org

Hello, It’s Nice to Meet You – Denise Navarrete

Denise Navarrete is part of the wonderful team at TMC for Women Breast Center. Denise and the team at the Center use full-field digital mammography system as well as ultrasound and minimally invasive stereotactic biopsies. There are even on-site pathologists ensure quick delivery of test results. Meet Denise.

Where are you from? Tucson native or not? How long have you been in Tucson?
I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I’ve lived in Tucson since 1972

What do you love about Tucson?
I love the weather, October and March are my favorite months, also the small town feel that Tucson still has.

What do you do for fun?
I like walk, read, and go to yard sales.

What do you love about your job?
The best part of my job, is my patients. I enjoy meeting them, and helping them get an important screening exam. We also have a great group here at the clinic, and we all work well as a team.

What do you want all women to know about breast health? About the TMC Breast Center?
All women should be screened age 40 and on. The two most important risk factors are being a woman, and age. As we get older, our risk for breast cancer increase.
Our breast center is comprehensive and we have experienced and knowledgeable technologists, radiologist and a nurse practitioner who also acts as our navigator.

What would you tell your 18 year old self, 25 year old self, 35 year old self?
18 year old self: -slow down, enjoy life.
25 year old self: -my parents actually gave me good advice
35 year old self: -take care of your health, watch what you eat and exercise

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