2016 KomenSoutheastern Med was recently awarded $24,742 from Susan G. Komen Columbus to provide breast cancer awareness and screening opportunities to an estimated 75 men and women in Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe counties.

Komen Columbus awarded more than $1.46 million in funding to 21 breast health programs throughout Ohio.

The program funding will specifically go toward Power Me Pink, the goal of which is to increase breast cancer education and awareness in Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe counties and surrounding areas. Ideally, at least 75 men and women will receive a screening between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ohio are more likely to die from the disease than almost anywhere else in the United States due to multiple barriers such as access to affordable care and treatment and challenges to navigating the healthcare systems,” said Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus. “In the communities we serve, we have identified issues contributing to those problems and focused our support to organizations that bring local solutions to those barriers.”

Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program provides women and men who are uninsured and underinsured with breast health education, clinical breast exams, mammograms and additional testing if necessary. The program serves men and women 35-64 years old who earn below 250-300 percent of the poverty level with breast health education and mammograms. The project also reaches women younger than 35 years of age who have a family history of breast cancer. “We are thrilled to be funded by Komen again this year and be able to enhance our mammography services available to the community,” said Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator.

The $1.46 million was raised through the efforts of our supporters participating in the many special events and fundraisers held annually, including the annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. The funds will help Southeastern Med combat breast cancer incidence and mortality. It will also help find solutions for disparities in breast cancer across populations and aid cutting-edge programs in finding a cure.

Komen Columbus is the only breast cancer organization in central and southeastern Ohio committed to funding life-saving programs that offer free or low cost services for every step of the breast cancer journey.

For more information about Southeastern Med’s Komen funding and/or how it could benefit you, please contact Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator at 740-439-8117.

*Pictured are (l to r): Dr. Joseph O’Hanlon, Southeastern Med medical staff member and surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator and oncology nurse.