October 24th Mettepan Community Health Conference room switched to a sea of different shades of pink Thurs October 24th for Breast Cancer Awareness Month observation. Oct. 24, for the observation of Breast Cancer Awareness month The canter’s Breast Health Night brought together cancer survivors, caregivers, friend, family, community members, and affiliates from Boston Medical Center, including keynote speaker Naomi Ko, MD, of Boston University’s School of Medicine, to learn about breast cancer, and to celebrate survivor-ship.
More than 60 people in attendance heard when the doctor, Ko told them about breast cancer, he talked about the various stages of risk factors and specifically about screening for black woman. The Doctor Ko also shared the alarming statistics that shocked many in the audience. African-American woman dies from breast cancer at top rates than Caucasian women. Social, economic, and cultural factors are the main reasons why this is occurring.
During the session, 82-year-old Alberta Guess, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 62, told of his commitment and determination to survive. He praised the efforts of the team of doctors and caregivers who stood side by side by side with him.
Fellow survivor Patricia Graham, who had not yet battled other forms of cancer and was a caregiver to siblings who give in to the disease, also spoke about her bout with the disease. She offering advanced praise to Breast Health Navigators, Juliet Queen borough, and Jieka Guerrier, who worked tirelessly to bring this event to fruition and who daily server as more than just a point of contact at the health center and daily and hosts for the evening.
MCHC offers mammography screening weekly in partnership with Boston Medical Center, with Mary Stone serving as the radiology technologist. since January 2019, the health center has done all most 800 mammograms.
The Breast Health event was accompanied by various members of the MCHC staff that included doctors, nurses, practitioners, and senior executive team members.
Tarma Johnson, the director of Clinical Health Services, offering the welcoming acknowledgment and Jordana Shanks, the center’s new chief operational officer, choked up as she give thanks everyone for a night of inspiration.