Wasatch Front breast cancer programs receive $735,000

Published April 5, 2011 2:31 pm
Health • Money is from SLC affiliate of Komen group.
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Twenty-one Wasatch Front programs will fight breast cancer with $734,823 in funding from the Salt Lake City affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Utah has the second-lowest breast cancer screening rate in the country, according to the Utah Department of Health. This year, the affiliate's grants will help uninsured women get mammography screenings, and will also provide education, transportation, financial assistance and support to survivors, said executive director Debbie Mintowt.

Among the grant recipients, Utah Partners for Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Community Nursing Services and Huntsman Cancer Institute will provide services to the uninsured, underserved and those genetically at risk. Alliance Community Services, KUED and Comunidades Unidas will do multicultural outreach. Image Reborn will provide retreats for survivors.

The grants are based on an assessment of community needs, conducted with health care providers and community leaders.

Through events such as the Komen Salt Lake City Race for the Cure, the affiliate has provided $4.1 million to programs in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Davis counties. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the affiliate stays in Utah, it said in a statement.

The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research. The national Komen organization has awarded more than $1.5 million in research funding to the University of Utah since 1999.

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