As the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation has grown, our mission has widened beyond our doors. In addition, to serving breast cancer patients and their families who come to our Center, we feel an obligation to educate those in greater Rhode Island about breast health and breast cancer. We are able to achieve this through our Center, our Hope Bus program, and collaborations with agencies throughout greater Rhode Island through regionalization of our programs. Our vision can be described as threefold.
We know that a healthy lifestyle can reduce a person’s risk of breast cancer. We also know that when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and she has eaten a healthy diet, avoided tobacco products, limited her alcohol consumption and exercised, her body is better prepared to help her through her treatment plan for breast cancer.
If a woman follows a three part screening program – breast self-examinations, an annual clinical examination by a health professional, and an annual mammogram, beginning at 40 unless she is at risk because of genetics, family history, race, etc. – her breast cancer can be found at an early stage. An early diagnosis means she has a 90% chance of being cancer-free at the end of her treatment course.
Because of this knowledge, we educate the entire community through our nutrition and fitness programs, offer breast health education classes in high schools, businesses, churches, senior centers and other sites, and one-on-one education happens at our Center, and aboard our Hope Bus that travels throughout greater Rhode Island. Teaching women the importance of a healthy lifestyle trickles down to their babies and children, which will have an enormous impact on future generations. Our education programs help from birth to possible diagnosis.
To raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education, enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients, as well as their families and friends, and generate funding for local breast health programs