Here’s a look at a variety of area resources promoting breast cancer awareness, prevention and support:
Community Cancer Center
Community Cancer Center, 41201 Schadden Road, Lorain, is guided by a holistic philosophy. At its Center for Body, Mind & Spirit, located in the Community Cancer Center, families and cancer survivors can take part in a myriad of free programming, support groups and library resources. For more information, call (440) 324-0400.
ANGELS & Amigas
Community Health Partners’ Women’s Health Center seeks to reduce the incidence and mortality of breast cancer through a comprehensive educational outreach program. The program, known as ANGEL — African-American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life — and its sister program, known as the Amigas Unidas, targets two ethnic populations that are often subject to unique health challenges. The breast-health advocates teach women how to do a self exam and encourage women to get a yearly mammogram. If finances or insurance is an issue, the advocates offer information on how to obtain a mammogram at no cost. For more information, call (877) CHP-6161.
The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place in Westlake and Beachwood is a cancer support center offering a wide variety of free programs and services addressing the social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and their families and friends. For more information, call (216) 595-9546 or www.touchedbycancer.org.
YWCA’s Project Reach
YWCA’s Project Reach program provides breast cancer outreach, education and clinical breast exam/mammogram referrals specifically targeted to Lorain County’s African American, Latino and homeless women. The Elyria YWCA conducts educational sessions in homeless shelters and predominantly African-American and Hispanic churches.
Women will also be referred to the YWCA Women’s Center in Lorain. These women will be able to receive services at the center on a drop-in basis and regardless of ability to pay for clinical breast exams and mammogram prescriptions. For more information, call (440) 322-6308.
At the YWCA’s Women’s Center in Lorain, Planned Parenthood provides a range of health-care and family-planning services to women of all ages, including pap tests and breast exams. For more information, call (440) 242-2087 or visit www.ppneo.org.