Everyone in Orange County Deserves Access to Quality Care

Everyone in Orange County Deserves Access to Quality Care

At Susan G. Komen Orange County, one of the ways we embrace our mission to save lives in our community is by providing vital support services and health education. Every day in Orange County, five women are diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman dies from the disease. You may already be familiar with our advocacy, commitment to funding research, and fundraising efforts, but we’re so much more.

Alongside our dedicated volunteers, community partners, and health care providers, Komen Orange County empowers residents and families with the education and tools needed to access quality care and take charge of their whole health.

Early detection is the key to survival for those impacted by breast cancer–but many families do not have access to quality care and are fearful when it comes to taking that first step towards important diagnostic testing. We are proud to offer local education programs, breast health services, mobile mammography, health symposium panels & metastatic conferences, and connections to trained health professionals – all vital tools for Orange County residents who need access to care.

Here are some of the ways Komen OC provides care:

Mobile Mammography – Early detection is key when beating a breast cancer diagnosis, but getting a mammogram can be overwhelming and costly. Our Mobile Mammography service, which is offered in partnership with Pacific Premier Bank, Alinea Medical Imaging, YWCA of North Orange County, Northgate Gonzalez Markets, and the Cancer Detection Program – Every Woman Counts, provides free clinical breast exams and screening mammogramsin local communities to those who qualify. If you have questions about these qualifications, contact Ambrocia Lopez at: alopez@komenoc.org.

Circle of Promise – Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the African American community, and mortality rates are 41 percent higher than their Caucasian counterparts. The Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise CA statewide initiative was created to address the breast healthcare disparities among African American women and empower African American women to be proactive about their breast health. Please contact LaLeslie McDaniel lmcdaniel@komenoc.org
(714) 957-9163

Clinical Trials – Depending on the type and stage of cancer, a clinical trial might be the right choice for care. Clinical trials offer the chance to try new treatments and possibly benefit from them. Learning a new therapy that is better than the standard treatment can also help others. You can learn more about clinical trials here.

Breast Cancer Helpline – Sometimes what you really need is to talk. The Breast Cancer Helpline offers trained specialists and oncology social workers to provide information about breast health and breast cancer information, psychosocial support, information about local organizations and resources, low-cost mammography resources and educational materials. You or a loved one can reach us at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email at helpline@komen.org.

Educational Resources – Knowledge is power, and we’re here to make you as powerful as possible. We offer a variety of educational resources including materials you can download, bookmark or share with loved ones. Each material has a wealth of knowledge to assist you in understanding breast cancer. Some of the topics covered include risk factors and risk reduction, screening and detection, diagnosis, treatment, metastatic breast cancer, survivorship topics and support after diagnosis.

Screening Reminder Tool – We get it, life can be hectic, but remembering to get your breast cancer screening should be a priority. We’ve created a tool to help! Take charge of your health and sign up to receive a mammogram and/or clinical breast exam reminder. Just complete a simple form and each year on the date you choose, you will receive a reminder to schedule your mammogram or clinical breast exam. No excuses – you’re in charge of your breast health!

Learn more about these tools and resources.

Looking for ways to get involved and help women and families in Orange County impacted by breast cancer? Act, donate, or volunteer by giving us a call M-F 8:30am-5pm at 714-957-9157 or by emailing info@komenoc.org.

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