American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Moira Wright, Program Coordinator ASBCCEDP

Cancer Coalition hosts the American Samoa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Luncheon

   The Cancer Coalition  hosted a luncheon for the American Samoa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ASBCCEDP) on October 16, 2008 at Sadie's By the Sea in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The purpose of the luncheon was to share information about the local ASBCCEDP Program with the health care providers in the territory.  Program Manager, Moira Wright highlighted for the attendees the requirements of the CDC program. 

   The program can provide financial assistance for women 40 years and older to receive free screening.   The program is also available to women who require diagnostic screening, but do not have to be 40 years of age.  When diagnosing a woman the program can pay for fine needle aspirations, and breast biopsies. 

  The sharing of information with the providers was met with great enthisasim by the particpants.  Margaret Sesepasara, RN, FNP who works at the Tafuna Health Clinic, stated that she hopes to see more sharing among health care providers.  Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi, Chief Medical Officer for LBJ TRopical Medical Center supported the need to hold more meetings for healthcare providers as they learn about programs, to improve patient care.  The ASCCC will be hosting in the month of November work group meetings for Health care providers to develop Cancer Care Protocols.