Funds Provide Mammogram Screening
for Underserved

Dr. Carol Rosenberg, Director, MRW LIFE Cancer Survivorship Program, NorthShore University HealthSystem, with MRW Leadership Board Co-Chairs Stephanie and Dr. Jordan Goldstein. Ari Goldsmith, and Caryn Engle, along with Dr. Georgia Spear, Chief, Department of Breast Imaging at NorthShore, and Mark Pfister, Executive Director, Lake County Health Department

NorthShore volunteers recently held their 3rd Annual “Jammin’ in Our Genes” Benefit to raise funds to provide mammogram screenings to underserved and uninsured patients in the Lake Country community. The MRW Leadership Board’s goal is to educate and empower people to make informed decisions to prevent hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Funds raised through their activities support the Myra Rubenstein Weis Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program Pre-Vivor resources, including an online educational workshop created for individuals who carry the BRCA gene and other breast and ovarian cancer predisposition gene mutations.

The $50,000 raised will cover 200 mammogram screenings for the underserved of Lake County from April through June 2019. NorthShore has a partnership with the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, located in Waukegan.

According to Carol Rosenberg, MD, NorthShore’s Director of Preventive Health Initiatives, cancer screening activities are vital work among quality cancer programs. They’re designed to decrease the number of patients diagnosed with a specific cancer at a late stage and increase the likelihood of survival.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Screening mammography is associated with a 30% to 40% percent reduction in breast cancer mortality among women ages 40 to 74. Early detection through screening is key to improved survival. The overall prognosis is directly linked to the stage of the disease at diagnosis, and timely screening detects breast cancer at earlier stages when the disease is more treatable and even curable.

Lake County towns—particularly Highwood, North Chicago, Round Lake, Waukegan and Zion—were identified by NorthShore’s Community Health Needs Assessment as geographic areas of greatest need. Also noted was a higher incidence of breast cancer in Lake County (136.5 per 100,000 compared to 127.4 per 100,000 in Illinois and 122.7 per 100,000 in the United States).  

“NorthShore has partnered with the Lake County North Shore Health Center in Highland Park, which serves people across all of Lake County. Their population is uninsured/underinsured and reliant on assistance for needed screenings,” said Dr. Rosenberg. “The Lake County North Shore clinic noted a gap in offerings of breast mammography to meet the needs of all their patients. The Myra Rubenstein Weis Leadership Board graciously stepped in to raise funds specifically to fund the crucial breast mammography exams needed for the underserved patients of this clinic.”



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