Calling All Women For Coffee With A Purpose On September 27 in Rehoboth Beach
Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
REHOBOTH BEACH, DE (September 14, 2017) — On Wednesday, September 27, the Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) van is scheduled to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings outside Java Jukebox in Rehoboth Beach during its Coffee with a Purpose event. DPH provides funding to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) to operate and staff the year-round efforts of the screening van in partnership with Beebe Medical Center. CAMP Rehoboth and Java Jukebox are eager to partner with the van to bring these important health services to Delawareans in their local communities. The will be on site from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to screen women ages 40 and older, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation at this inclusive and welcoming event. The van primarily helps women traditionally faced with barriers to healthcare such as transportation, language, insurance or access.
Java Jukebox will provide coffee and treats to Coffee with a Purpose attendees. Women are invited to bring a friend to have a conversation about health issues and take advantage of the screening opportunity. While not required, scheduling an appointment in advance for the mammography screenings are encouraged. Call the WMHS office to make an appointment, 1-888-672-9647. Women who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for a free screening through the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Screening for Life program.
The mobile health unit provides vital health services to low income, uninsured and underserved women throughout the state. In addition to screenings for breast and cervical cancer, the van offers blood pressure screenings, cholesterol and glucose testing, tobacco cessation referrals and information on healthy lifestyles. Translation services in Spanish and Haitian-Creole are available as needed. In fiscal year 2017 the Coalition completed 1,005 mammogram screenings on the van. Of women screened, over 85% were considered low income (under 250% of Federal Poverty line).
Mammography and Pap tests are tools used to detect cancer early when tumors are small and easier to treat. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends screening annually for breast cancer, beginning at age forty, depending on one’s family history. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends screening for cervical cancer for women ages 21-29, once every three years and women 30-65 once every five years with HPV co-testing or once every three years without HPV co-testing. For an upcoming calendar of the van schedule, please visit the Coalition’s website: http://debreastcancer.org/programs/womens_mobile_health_screening. Java Jukebox is located at 37169 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs of education, outreach, and support services to promote the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its vision is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.
Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes or those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.
DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s advocacy efforts to end breast cancer. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at http://www.debreastcancer.org.