Wicomico Co. Health Department awarded $25k for cancer program

Cara Rozaieski and Elizabeth Martinez from Wicomico Health and Lori Yates from Komen Maryland. Photo courtesy of Wicomico County Health Department

A local Maryland health department received a $25,000 grant in support of one of their breast cancer programs, on Wednesday.

Wicomico County Health Department officials say the health department was awarded a $25,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Maryland for one of its programs. The department says the Closing the Gap: Hispanic Women and Breast Cancer program is a culturally appropriate program for uninsured and underinsured Hispanic women on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. According to the health department, the services include interpretation, translation, and patient navigation, while improving awareness, knowledge, and attitudes about breast cancer health among the at-risk population.

"Screening rates for Latinas are lower than those for white or African American women, and these women often face environmental or occupational exposures that increase their health risk. The funding from Komen Maryland is critical to reaching this small, but under served population," says Lori Brewster, Health Officer of the Wicomico County Health Department.

Officials say one in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and 5,250 women in Maryland will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Health officials report that Maryland has the 6th highest breast cancer death rate in the country.

Lori Yates, Eastern Shore manager for Susan G. Komen Maryland says, "Komen Maryland is proud to continue supporting the Wicomico County Health Department's, 'Closing the Gap' program. This important program serves the women of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties, which are priority counties for Komen Maryland because incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer are high in this region as compared to the rest of the state."

For more information or to find out about the eligibility requirements for "Closing the Gap", call the Wicomico County Health Department at 410-334-3480.

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