Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator, and Dr. Shana Ntiri, Medical Director, of the Greenebaum Cancer Center's Baltimore City Cancer Program.
Baltimore, MD – April 9, 2014 – The Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) has received a $100,000 grant from Susan G. Komen® Maryland to offer breast cancer screening and educational services to eligible Hispanic women in Baltimore City and the surrounding area. The project is called Latinos Untied for Cancer Health and Awareness (LUCHA), and the BCCP is partnering with Nueva Vida, an advocacy organization, to identify Latinas in need of services and to help them overcome any barriers to screening, treatment and follow-up care. Founded by Latina breast cancer survivors and health care professionals, Nueva Vida offers cancer support services in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., metropolitan areas.
“Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Hispanic women, but many Latinas in our community may not know about or have access to cancer screening services,” says Shana O. Ntiri, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of family medicine who serves as medical director of the Baltimore City Cancer Program.
“This grant enables us to reach out to this underserved group of women who may face language difficulties or other barriers to receiving care. We are delighted to be partnering with Nueva Vida in this endeavor and very grateful for this support from Komen Maryland,” Dr. Ntiri says.
The local Komen affiliate also presented the Baltimore City Cancer Program with its Pink Ribbon Community Organization Award for 2014 in recognition of the BCCP’s role in the fight against breast cancer. The BCCP, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, has been “a true partner for the past decade.”
Since 2001, the BCCP has screened over 32,476 uninsured and underinsured Baltimore City residents between the ages of 40 and 64. Of those who were screened, 135 were diagnosed with cancer, nearly all of them with breast cancer. The program provides breast and cervical health education, screening and diagnostic testing, case management, patient navigation, treatment and survivorship support. All services are provided free of charge to eligible program participants.
For information about the programs and services of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, call 1-800-888-8823. For information about the Baltimore City Cancer Program, call (410) 328-HOPE.