Friday, November 19, 2010

Aloha from Maui

The sun, surf, flowers and fauna are nothing short of amazing here in Hawaii. When you look around at what Mother Earth can provide you realize how incredibly blessed we are. We have been on the North West coast, but have been touring around exploring what we can. I have been very interested in the history of Hawaii and am happy to see that there is an abundance on the Indigenous people - not just the European settlers and Missionaries.

I was also interested to see what kind of support is available for those facing breast cancer here and this is what I found:

The Hawaiian department of health established a Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program in 1993. The primary goal is to reach women who are typically under served by early detection screening programs and therefore at greater risk. In Hawaii that mean women of lower income, who have no or insufficient health insurance and more often are native Hawaiian and Filipino women.

This screening is available to women between the ages of 50-64 and is offered in partnership with nine community clinics, hospitals and other organizations who specialize in breast and cervical cancer detection.

This all came on the heals of the US Congress passing the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act in 1990 which recognizes the value of screening and early detection for 'all' American women - not just those who can afford it.


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