Greetings from your American Cancer Society,
Your Health Ministry or organization activities promote the well-being of members of your community. Our work as health ministry leaders is not simply to respond to the spiritual needs of our sheep but also to address their physical, emotional, and mental needs. We must approach our activities holistically and respond to the needs of the whole human being.
We are pleased to offer church and community leaders resources you may find useful when ministering to the health of your beloved congregation and community.
Our communities are besieged by agonizing stories of cancer. Sadly, African Americans are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other ethnic group. Many cancer deaths in our community could be prevented if only they were detected earlier. This fact bears witness to the scriptural message that God’s people are being destroyed by lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
Yet, a prophetic word of hope is given to us. Here is that hope: However devastating cancer can be, it cannot overcome the power of Easter morning. However agonizing cancer can be ,it cannot destroy Christian hope in the upcoming city of the redeemed, where there will be no more disease and no more death (Revelation: 21:4).
While we pray for that city to come, let us bring hope here and now by educating our flock about breast cancer prevention and early detection. Let us engage in health education and health promotion activities to fight cancer and other diseases that bring pain to our communities. Let us create dynamic church health ministries and organizations that deal not only with symptoms and consequences, but also with causes.
We at the American Cancer Society offer many educational and other resources to help reenergize your health ministries and organizations..
For information and support, please visit cancer.org. or contact your local American Cancer Society at 504-833-4024.
Please feel free to share this information with your network.
Nedra Wardsworth | Specialist, Community Health Advisor
Mid-South Division | American Cancer Society, Inc.
2605 River Rd
New Orleans, LA 70121
Phone: 504.219.2292 | Mobile: 504.272.4018 | Fax: 504.219.2290
cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345
The messages below can be adapted for use in your church or faith organizations’ bulletins.
- Are you a woman over 40? Have you talked with your health care provider about breast cancer screening? African-American women tend to be diagnosed at later stages with breast cancer, and are more likely to die from breast cancer than women of any other race. Partner your faith with good health practices, and call your health care provider to discuss breast cancer screening options. Remember,” faith without works is dead (James 2:20).”
- Eat healthy and get active! Make a renewed commitment to eating healthy and being physically active. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight can lower your cancer risk. The Scriptures remind us of God’s desire for our physical health. According to 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” Your faith, in partnership with good health practices, is key to abundant living.
Talking Points – American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer
- Together with the help of the American Cancer Society, you can fight breast cancer and save more lives.
- American Cancer Society is the most effective breast cancer-fighting organization in the world.
- We’re doing the most to help women with breast cancer today and are working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.
- We invest in the community and provide programs to help reduce your risk of cancer and support regular testing for breast cancer.
- For more information, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us online at cancer-dot-org-slash-breast cancer.
- Schedule Your Yearly Mammogram.
- If you’re a woman who is 40 or older, be sure to get a mammogram every year. And men, don’t forget to encourage the women in your life to get yearly mammograms, too.
- Sign up for a free mammogram reminder from the American Cancer Society for yourself or someone you love at cancer-dot-org-slash-mammogram reminder.
Social Media Messaging
Social media has become an essential channel for communicating with constituents and the public while also establishing a dialogue with them and engaging their feedback and action.
- Today, 1 in every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support. We’re in every community providing free information and services and ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.
- One in two women turn to the American Cancer Society for help with issues related to breast cancer. We have helped them, and we can help you. Visit our Web site to find out how the
American Cancer Society is making a difference in your community.
- The American Cancer Society is a leader in the field of women’s health. We’re doing the most to help women with cancer today in every community and are working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow. You can read more about what we’re doing to help women here:
- Our phone lines are open every minute of every day to help give people the answers they need about breast cancer. Each year, we provide free information and support to the nearly 1 million people who call us at 1-800-227-2345.
- We gave free info & help 24/7 those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Call us to learn more at 1-800-227-2345. Through research, free support, info & advocating for access to screening & care, we fight for the health of all women.
Breast Cancer Screening Resources:
For additional information and material please contact your local American Cancer Society. If you are having a problem getting a mammogram please contact the American Cancer Society, Community Health Advisor program and we will help you navigate women to screening. We are working with St Thomas Community Health Center, Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP), and Daughters of Charity.
Nedra Wardsworth |Specialist, Community Health Advisor American Cancer Society, Inc.
2605 River Rd, New Orleans, LA 70121 Phone: 504.833-4024.
- Thomas Community Health Center: is currently providing screening mammography; they encourage appointments but will not turn away any walk-ins. St Thomas also prefers that the patient have a referral if sent by an external provider. Patients must have the financial documentation in order to get a free mammogram and there is no co-pay. Hours: Mon, Tues and Thursday 8am-4pm; Wed and Fri – 8am-1pm
- University Medical Center: “As many of you know, University Medical Center (UMC) has replaced the old Charity/LSU Interim Hospitals. We’re still in a process of transition with them, so if you have any problems after first calling them at 702-5700, please call us directly at the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) at 1-888-599-1073 or call our Patient Navigator Aniqua Winfrey at 568-5855 or 330-3267. We’ll be glad to help! “