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Camden's MD Anderson Cooper awarded $100K grant to fund community outreach screening program

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The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Philadelphia to fund its community outreach screening program, which is focused on outreach, awareness and screening for breast and other cancers.

The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, founded in 2013, is an affiliation between Cooper University Health Care in Camden and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Last October, MD Anderson expanded its Cooper affiliation through a partnership with  Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights.

The Susan G. Koman grants is expected to enable MD Anderson Cooper’s outreach and screening program to fund more than 300 mammogram screenings and cover the costs of diagnostic testing and lymphedema treatment for uninsured and underinsured residents of southern New Jersey. The grant will also help MD Anderson Cooper’s program to educate 1,000 persons about the importance of cancer screening and cancer risk reduction through group education, and 2,500 through other one-on-one efforts. The grant period runs from April 2015 through March 2016.

“We are proud that Susan G. Komen Philadelphia shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to provide even more women with greater access to breast health information and life-saving breast cancer screenings, and educate and screen both men and women for other cancer screening services” said Evelyn Robles Rodrigues, director of outreach, prevention and survivorship at MD Anderson Cooper.

MD Anderson Cancer Center said in 201  its community outreach program provided the following screenings at no cost to underinsured or uninsured men and women:

  • 1,399 breast cancer screenings;
  • 111 prostate cancer screening;
  • 516 colorectal cancer screenings;
  • 658 cervical cancer screenings;
  • 29 oral cancer screenings;
  • 127 skin cancer screenings.

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Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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