The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute Receives Grant from The National Breast Cancer Foundation

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has awarded a $20,000 one-year grant to the Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early breast cancer detection.

This is the sixth year that the program has received funding from NBCF to support its work on this important health issue. 

BHOP at UT Medical Center educates area women in 21 East Tennessee counties and refers them to convenient screening days in their own communities. Funding from NBCF will allow BHOP to provide free digital screening mammograms for uninsured women onboard the Medical Center’s state-of-the art Mobile Mammography Unit.

“There is a tremendous need to reach women with information and resources,” said Dr. John L. Bell, director of the Cancer Institute. “We are grateful that the National Breast Cancer Foundation shares this mission and has chosen to support our program.”

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, 5,420 new cases will be detected in Tennessee this year and 900 lives will be lost. Women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer at UTMC have a survival rate of 92%.  While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as the UT Breast Health Outreach Program help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and screening, including poor and medically underserved women. In 2015, nearly 500 uninsured women received a digital screening mammogram on the mobile mammography unit through BHOP.

For more information on the medical center’s Breast Health Outreach Program, please call 865-305-9753. 

About NBCF: NBCF provides funding for screening programs across the nation and internationally. By providing funding for educational programs and mammograms, NBCF helps save the lives of thousands of uninsured women by reaching them at a vulnerable time in their lives and ensuring good breast healthcare. The Foundation also contributes a portion of its funds to breast cancer research.