U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton and 500 other advocates, breast cancer survivors and friends of Georgetown’s Lombardi Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) attended a fundraising breakfast for the center Oct. 7 at the District’s Grand Hyatt.
The CBCC’s annual “Gift of Life” breakfast fundraiser takes place in October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event also brought together councilwomen Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander and Muriel Bowser. Highest Rate in the Nation
“D.C. has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation,” Holmes-Norton noted at the fourth annual event, “and also the highest breast cancer death rate. It’s important that we continue to fight this devastating and deadly disease.”
The women praised the CBCC for its commitment to D.C. women (and men) who don’t have health insurance or who are underinsured.
A breast cancer survivor, Cheh noted the importance of early screening and detection of the disease. Early Detection
“Check yourself and act quickly,” she said. “Take it to the next step -- satisfy yourself so you know you don’t have breast cancer, because if you do have breast cancer, you need to act quickly.”
Since its inception in 2004, the CBCC has conducted 7,000 mammograms and diagnosed 80 women with breast cancer with a 95 percent survivor rate. Standing Here Today
“I thank God everyday for the CBCC,” said Flavia Campos, a patient of the center and a breast cancer survivor. “When you’re diagnosed, you think, ‘am I going to die?’ but thanks to the CBCC and its navigation program, I’m standing here today.”
The CBCC is the only community-based breast cancer screening service in the city. Its services include breast health education, transportation, clinical breast exams, screening mammography and navigation services for women who require follow-up exams.
Dr. Peter Shields, a Georgetown oncology professor and deputy director at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said CBCC has been also looking beyond clinical services.
“Among the most important missions [at CBCC] is research -- life-saving research that will benefit our patients and others,” said Peter Shields, deputy director at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. “To do this ... you need good community trust."
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"D.C. has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation ... It’s important that we continue to fight this devastating and deadly disease." -- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.)
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