SYRACUSE — The Central New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded grants to Crouse Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.
Crouse Hospital will use a grant of more than $48,000 to increase awareness of the availability of free and reduced-cost, breast-health services, “particularly among underserved, underinsured, and uninsured women in Onondaga County,” Crouse said in a news release.
The grant is funding a project intended to ensure that all women in Onondaga County, including 30- to 40-year-olds, receive mammography screenings, and follow-up appointments with doctors if the screening detects an abnormality or problem.
Besides the Crouse award, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation will use a grant of more than $30,000 to support lymphedema education and prevention.
The grant from Komen for the Cure will support the Lymphedema Education and Prevention from Stage 0 (LEAP from Stage 0) Program at St. Joseph’s Outpatient Physical Therapy, the hospital said in a news release.
Lymphedema, or blockage of the lymphatic system, is a harmful side effect of breast-cancer treatment that can lead to permanent disability if not treated, according to St. Joseph’s.
Now in its eighth year of funding from the Komen Foundation, the LEAP from Stage 0 program increases community awareness of lymphedema, and provides education about and treatment for lymphedema occurring due to breast-cancer treatment.
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