BUFFALO, N.Y. – On-site mammograms – even for the
uninsured – and free health information will be available
Saturday, Sept. 21 in Masten Park at a breast cancer awareness walk
and wellness event.
“Concerned about you” is sponsored by Patient Voices
Network, a partnership between patients and providers from
Jefferson Family Medicine, Jericho Road Community Health Center and
the University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine in the
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. It is being funded by
the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the 1.4- or 2-mile walk
through the Fruit Belt. The walk begins at 11 a.m. at the Best
Street entrance to Masten Park.
The wellness fair runs from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Attendees have a
chance to win signed Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Bandits merchandise,
workout clothes and equipment, tickets to UB and Canisius athletic
events and other prizes.
Women with prescriptions from their doctors can make an
appointment ahead of time at Western New York Breast Health at
1-855-464-7465. There will also be walk-in slots available that day
for women with prescriptions. Services are available for the
In hosting the event, Patient Voices is highlighting resources
to women who might not otherwise have access to screening, such as
Cancer Services Program of Erie County, which provides low-cost or
free screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.
Uninsured women can enroll by calling 716-886-9201 or they can
begin the enrollment process at the event.
Those who cannot be screened on Sept. 21 will be provided with
appointments later this fall.
The event is one of two on-site mammography projects that the
Patient Voices Network and its partner sites are hosting.
Throughout the fall and winter, the mobile unit also will be at
four local health care providers in an effort sponsored by UB
Family Medicine, the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen,
the Erie County Medical Center’s Lifeline Foundation and
Western New York Breast Health.
Until March 2014, the mobile mammography unit will be stationed
- Jefferson Family Medicine, 1315 Jefferson Ave. on the first
Thursday of each month
- Jericho Road Family Practice, 1609 Genesee St. the second
Thursday of each month
- Jericho Road Family Practice, 184 Barton St. the third Thursday
of each month
- Cleve Hill Family Health Center, 1461 Kensington Ave. the
fourth Thursday of each month.
Now in its second year, the free breast cancer awareness and
screening event grew out of a desire in the Patient Voices Network
to reach and screen more women in Buffalo.
Dee, who receives medical care at one of the participating
practices, notes that it was last year’s event that
encouraged her to finally be screened.
“My mother died of breast cancer at 46 so I was nervous
about getting screened,” she says. “I was afraid they
would tell me something was wrong. But the patient coordinators
talked me into it.”
Now Dee encourages other people, including close relatives, to
get screened. “I tell them, sometimes it’s not
something you can see or feel, but if you catch it early enough,
you have a better chance of stopping it in its tracks,” she
says. “I tell them, ‘just don’t be afraid. Just
get it done.’”
It’s a particularly relevant message for African-American
women, says UB family medicine professor Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter,
PhD, noting that in 2013, an estimated 27,060 new cases of breast
cancer and 6,080 deaths are expected among African American women,
according to the American Cancer Society.
She adds that the Patient Voices Network is committed to making
sure that both the walk and the event are free in order to ensure
the highest possible participation rate.
It seems to be working. “Last fall, nearly 80 women
received mammograms, many of them for the first time, while the
mobile mammography unit was in the neighborhood,” says
Tumiel-Berhalter. “Since last year’s event, some of our
partner sites have reported an increase of ten percent in numbers
of patients getting screened for breast cancer.”
Press arrangements: Ellen Goldbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or
716-645-4605 and Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, PhD, UB associate
professor of family medicine, at 716-868-3578, onsite.