The National Football League Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer
Article date: October 4, 2013
The National Football League is joining the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about the importance of breast screenings and to raise money to help fight breast cancer.
NFL players, coaches and referees will wear pink during the month of October to remind women about the importance of getting mammograms and clinical breast exams to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. The program, A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives, is timed to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 and older have a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year, and younger women have clinical breast exams periodically as well.
Hats, wristbands and other apparel worn at NFL games, and special footballs and pink coins will be auctioned off and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Fans attending games are encouraged to wear pink.
The NFL also has a Web page where clubs and fans can register teams to participate in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This non-competitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds to help end breast cancer by finding cures and supporting programs and services for all people facing the disease.
In addition, funds raised through the The National Football League’s A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives program contribute to the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program. The CHANGE grants funded by the NFL are awarded to local partners for outreach and breast cancer screenings in NFL team markets.
The CHANGE grants supported by the NFL have gone to the communities listed below which were identified and funded based on two primary criteria: 1) documented breast cancer mortality and screening disparities and 2) close proximity to an NFL team.
|Indianapolis, IN||Raphael Health Center|
|Tacoma, WA||Sea Mar Community Health|
|Denver, CO||La Clinica Tepeyac, Inc.|
|Milwaukee, WI||Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic|
|Minneapolis, MN||Indian Health Board of MN|
|St. Louis, MO||Family Health Care Center|
|Kansas City, KS||JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health/Healthy Living Kansas|
|Franklin County, OH||Health of Ohio Family Health Centers Inc.|
|Cleveland, OH||One Health Ohio|
|Fayette County, PA||Cornerstone Care|
|Camden, NJ||CAMcare Health Corp.|
|Freeport, NY||Delmont Medical Care|
|Miami, FL||Community Health of South Florida|
|Jacksonville, FL||Baptist Health|
|Atlanta, GA||St. John’s Mercy Foundation|
|Baltimore, MD||MedStar Harbor Health|
|Charlotte, NC||Carolinas Healthcare System|
|Brandywine, MD||Greater Baden Medical Service|
|Banning, CA||Riverside and San Bernardino|
|Boston, MA||Community Health Center of Franklin County, Inc.|
|New Orleans, LA||St. Thomas Community Health Center|
Overarching Goals and Impact Measures
The NFL funded community- based breast cancer interventions align with the following overarching goals and impact measures:
- Promote access to low-cost or no-cost breast cancer screening as measured by the number of individuals receiving a clinical breast exam and/or mammogram
- Increase knowledge of the importance of breast cancer prevention and early detection as measured by the number of individuals reached through outreach, one-on-one or group education, navigation and/or follow-up reminders.
An overview of all projects may be found online at www.cancer.org/communityhealth. For more information on how to participate in a low-cost or no-cost breast cancer screening program near you, call 800.227.2345.
Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff
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