May, Maine Breast
Cancer Coalition volunteers Bethany Zell (MBCC President) and Laurel Bezanson
(MBCC Advocacy Committee Chair) will once again be headed to Washington, DC to
represent MBCC at the 2015 National Breast Cancer Coalition
Summit and to meet with Maine's legislators.
Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®
is the National
Breast Cancer Coalition's global initiative to know how to end breast cancer by
January 1, 2020. According to Bethany, "As leaders in the breast cancer
movement and supporters of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, we are
committed to being a part of this important work. As leaders, we are also
raising money to support the plan of action to achieve our goal of ending
“In 1989 my life
changed. At age 38, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and
already had ten positive lymph nodes. My treatment was toxic, expensive and
lengthy. After treatment, I needed to do something to change the status quo.
Subsequently I became involved with the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
I needed to
make a difference in other peoples’ lives that were affected by this
all-too-common disease. I have been an active member of both groups since 1993.
I created my fund page to help me continue
efforts with NBCC and my ongoing support for Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.
Attending the yearly NBCC Summit is key to ending breast cancer!”
Laurel and Bethany have each made a personal commitment to raise $1,000 and be
"Deadline 2020® Champions"; Laurel is still working on this goal.
To make a donation of any amount toward this goal, please visit Laurel's personal
Find out more
about how you
can get involved.
Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is seeking a part-time employee to perform
Support Service Fund duties.
of the Program Assistant position include, but are not limited to:
• Open, process, and close applications
from Maine residents for financial assistance for breast health and breast
cancer-related services in a timely, efficient and confidential manner, as per
Support Service Fund written policies.
• Maintain records and financial
transactions under the supervision of the MBCC Treasurer.
• Process telephone calls or other
communications by responding in a timely fashion. Provide emotional support and
assistance to complete the application process.
• Collaborate with like-minded resource
services and refer applicants and patient navigators to appropriate resources.
• Meet with the MBCC Treasurer and Support
Service Fund committee members regularly.
• Maintain a home office for the purpose of
completing the SSF paid activities.
candidate will have proven experience in communication, breast health support
services, bookkeeping and managing a home office. Hourly compensation is
commensurate upon experience.
Please send a
resume by March 29, 2015 to Bethany Zell, MBCC President, at email@example.com.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to create greater access to health care
by getting more people covered by insurance. For women who have
purchased coverage on the Marketplace or other privately purchased
plans, but continue to be burdened by premiums, deductibles and co-pays
that prevent them from receiving breast cancer screening services, the
Maine CDC Breast
and Cervical Health Program
(MBCHP) can be a valuable
resource for women needing breast and/or cervical cancer screening and
follow-up services. Program eligibility for MBCHP:
- Women age 40 to 64, with the following exceptions:
- Women 35-39 who have seen a doctor and need follow-up tests for a possible breast
or cervical cancer;
- Women 35-39 who have not had a Pap test in 5 or more years.
- Maine resident (or New Hampshire resident located within 15 miles of the Maine
state border), and;
- Household income less than or equal to 250% of the current Federal Poverty Level
- Have no health insurance, or health insurance with high co-pays, deductibles or
- Women receiving MaineCare or Medicare Part B are not
eligible for MBCHP.
MBCHP enrollment is conducted over the phone
call 1-800-350-5180; press 1
Important information for healthcare professionals:
primary care providers are encouraged to continue referring women to
MBCHP for screening and follow-up services for abnormal screening
results. It is important to remember that even with the changes in
health insurance laws and coverage, MBCHP is available to assist
eligible women to gain access to needed breast and/or cervical cancer
screening and follow-up services. Timely follow-up to abnormal screening
results is critical to the early detection and treatment of cancer and
Uninsured women diagnosed with breast
or cervical cancer or undergoing treatment for breast or cervical
cancer may qualify for MaineCare [Maine Medicaid Program] under the
Maine Treatment Act. Call the MBCHP Case Manager/Patient Navigator
to determine if your patient qualifies for treatment coverage
[1-800-350-5180, Press 1 and ask for the Case Manager].
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The Health Of Women (HOW) Study is a first-of-its-kind international online
study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer.
The Study is being
conducted at the
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, in
collaboration with City of Hope
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
What is the Health of Women Study?
From the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation website:
"The majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known
clinical risk factors. This means we don’t know what causes breast
cancer or how to prevent it.
The HOW Study is a first-of-its-kind
international online study for women and men with and without a history
of breast cancer. We will collect information about your health, your
job, your diet, and your family history, among other topics that can
help us get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential
The HOW Study will track hundreds of thousands of women (and men) over
time to learn what causes breast cancer, and how to prevent it. HOW
will also study long-term breast cancer survivors in order to get a
better understanding of how they are beating the odds. This is the first
time a study of this size and magnitude is collecting data entirely
online. We are excited by this approach because it will allow us to ask
every question any of us (including you) ever wanted answered. We
believe this is the first study that will allow the participants to
submit questions they want studied, and we are eager to hear what you
want us to do!
Once you sign up to become a member of the HOW Study, you
periodic questionnaires that will ask questions about different health
and exposure topics. Each new questionnaire will be released in a "Call
to Action" email and will address a specific topic, such as reproductive
health, cancer history (for those with breast cancer), environmental
exposures, and much, much more. Each questionnaire should take about
60-90 minutes to fill out, and you will get a new one every three to
This is a partnership, and we need you for the long haul. The
more questionnaires you fill out, the more information we will have that
can help us have a better understanding of why women get breast cancer."
Click here to join the
HOW Study or find out more.