Hadassah National News

Alarmed by the breast cancer epidemic in this country, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America is joining Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and others in addressing the recent news on breast cancer screenings. In addition, Hadassah and Komen for the Cure have pledged to work together to address the global plight of breast cancer.

Given that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and that 40,000 women will die of the disease in the U.S. alone this year, Hadassah is reaffirming its commitment to breast health awareness, including regular breast self exams and both annual clinical exams and annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Hadassah is dedicated to educating women about healthy life choices that prevent disease and promote wellness, including screenings and self examinations for the purposes of early detection. Hadassah’s goal is to educate women of all ages about health and to empower women with knowledge to make appropriate medical decisions for themselves and their families.

Hadassah ‘s breast health awareness program Check It Out®, recommends the following Screening Guidelines for Breast Cancer Early Detection:

*Monthly self breast examination to identify breast abnormalities and allow a woman to become familiar with her breasts so that she can tell her doctor about any changes
*Clinical breast examination (CBE) performed by a health care professional and recommended annually beginning at age 40
*For women in their 20s and 30s at average risk of breast cancer who do not have symptoms, it is recommended that clinical breast examinations (CBE) be performed by a health care professional at least every three years.
*Mammograms annually starting at age 40

In addition, Hadassah recommends that women talk to their health care professionals about individual risks and develop a screening plan.

Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk says, “As the premier medical research institution in the Middle East, Hadassah University Medical Center is actively involved in improving screening techniques, as well as working to find a cure for cancer via our pioneer human embryonic stem cell and genetic research.”

Breast cancer is a global health and “Global Diplomacy” issue that Hadassah women are taking the lead in. This leadership involves a continued collaboration between the 300,000 strong Hadassah and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest private funder of breast cancer research and community programs. To date, Komen for the Cure has given grants to about 26 Hadassah chapters for cancer awareness and walks totaling approximately $335,000.

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Audrey Shimron, Director of Hadassah Office in Israel, recently met at Abu Gosh, an Israeli Arab town 10 miles west of Jerusalem, where there is a Hadassah Health Clinic. The two committed to collaborate on potential activity in Israel in the coming year, as did Ambassador Brinker and Hadassah president Falchuk in a subsequent meeting in Falchuk’s New York office last week.

“We committed not only to a strong coalition with another extraordinary organization on events in Israel and the US,” Falchuk said, “but to working together and harnessing the power of women on the broader issue of health care diplomacy. Wherever and however we can partner to combat this global disease, a disease that touches women irrespective of their nationality, their religion, or their politics, I look forward to working even closer still with Ambassador Brinker and the incredible people at Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

“The power of Hadassah to educate and mobilize Jewish women is critical in the efforts to end breast cancer forever,” said Brinker. “Working together in the U.S. and Israel, we can empower women to take charge of their health, which will significantly impact early detection and ultimately, lives saved.”

Responding to the new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concerning mammography screening, Susan G. Komen for the Cure chief scientific adviser and chair of Komen’s Scientific Advisory Board. Eric P. Winer, M.D. issued the following statement:

“Susan G. Komen for the Cure wants to eliminate any impediments to regular mammography screening for women age 40 and older. While there is no question that mammograms save lives for women over 50 and women 40–49, there is enough uncertainty about the age at which mammography should begin and the frequency of screening that we would not want to see a change in policy for screening mammography at this time.” Komen’s current screening guidelines, as well as the full statement, can be found at http://www.komen.org.

Both groups agree that knowledge is one of the most powerful tools a woman can have to protect herself against breast cancer. Hadassah is actively involved in educating women about breast health awareness. To find out more about Hadassah’s Women’s Health programs please contact 212-303-8136 or email programming@hadassah.org or visit http://www.hadassah.org/womenshealth.

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  1. 1 Robin

    Please check out this blog..I don’t feel Hadassah should be supporting Komen..


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