Each year, about 230,000 women and 2,100 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, with one in eight women developing the disease in their lifetime. In Oregon, every week 70 women are diagnosed and 10 die.
But there is hope: death rates have steadily declinced since 1990 due to improved screening methods which tells us that early detection saves lives.
The SCREEN program is a five-year grant funded by Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington
, Samaritan Health Services and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
and the OHSU Center for Women's Health
. The grant will ultimately help increase the rates of breast and cervical cancer screenings throughout Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Lane counties by utilizing grassroots networks to spread the message that early detection saves lives.
SCREEN consists of committed and enthusiastic volunteers within each of the communities the program serves. Volunteers help increase awareness of the importance of early detection of breast and cervical cancer by:
- Sharing breast and cervical health information at local events, community activities and organizations
- Supporting SCREEN staff with program outreach at a grassroots level
- Delivering the message that early detection saves lives
Learn more about becoming a SCREEN volunteer!
If you are passionate about women's health, can communicate difficult topics clearly and with compassion and can foster an open and engaging environment for people of all walks of life, we need your help! The first step toward saving another's tomorrow begins with this brief questionnaire
. Return it to:
||Karen Caul, SCREEN program coordinator
Samaritan Health Services
815 NW 815 9th St., Suite 136
Corvallis, OR 97330
If you are interested in volunteering, would like to invite SCREEN to a local event or organizational activity or have general questions about breast and cervical health, email the SCREEN program coordinator
, or call 541-768-5470.
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