Mission Statement
We are dedicated to making a positive difference in the health of Maine people through:
  • Service through financial support for underserved people with breast health or breast cancer needs. Click here for information or to download a Support Service Fund Application.
  • Advocacy for breast cancer research and legislation
  • Education to promote knowledge about breast cancer and quality care. Click here for breast cancer or breast health resources.

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Have You Been Diagnosed With Stage 4 Or Metastatic Breast Cancer?
Have you been diagnosed with stage 4 or metastatic breast cancer? Caring Connections invites you to a light supper and gathering.

Thursday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Isaac Farrar Mansion
17 Second St., Bangor

This is an opportunity to meet and talk with others who have advanced breast cancer.

If you wish to attend or would like more information, please call Caring Connections at 941-2808 X 338.

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Help Support MBCC Volunteers' Leadership Role in Ending Breast Cancer

In May, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteers Bethany Zell (MBCC President) and Laurel Bezanson (MBCC Advocacy Committee Chair) will once again be headed to Washington, DC to represent MBCC at the 2015 National Breast Cancer Coalition Advocate Leadership Summit and to meet with Maine's legislators.

Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® is the National Breast Cancer Coalition's global initiative to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. According to Bethany, "As leaders in the breast cancer movement and supporters of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, we are committed to being a part of this important work. As leaders, we are also raising money to support the plan of action to achieve our goal of ending breast cancer."

Laurel wrote,
“In 1989 my life changed. At age 38, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and already had ten positive lymph nodes. My treatment was toxic, expensive and lengthy. After treatment, I needed to do something to change the status quo. Subsequently I became involved with the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and the National Breast Cancer Coalition. I needed to make a difference in other peoples’ lives that were affected by this all-too-common disease. I have been an active member of both groups since 1993. I created my fund page to help me continue my advocacy efforts with NBCC and my ongoing support for Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. Attending the yearly NBCC Summit is key to ending breast cancer!”

Laurel and Bethany have each made a personal commitment to raise $1,000 and be "Deadline 2020® Champions"; Laurel is still working on this goal.
To make a donation of any amount toward this goal, please visit Laurel's personal fundraising page.

Find out more about how you can get involved.

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Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program: An Important Resource for Maine Women
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to create greater access to health care by getting more people covered by insurance. For women who have purchased coverage on the Marketplace or other privately purchased plans, but continue to be burdened by premiums, deductibles and co-pays that prevent them from receiving breast cancer screening services, the Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) can be a valuable resource for women needing breast and/or cervical cancer screening and follow-up services.

Program eligibility for MBCHP:
  • Women age 40 to 64, with the following exceptions:

  • Women 35-39 who have seen a doctor and need follow-up tests for a possible breast or cervical cancer;
  • Women 35-39 who have not had a Pap test in 5 or more years.

  • Maine resident (or New Hampshire resident located within 15 miles of the Maine state border), and;
  • Household income less than or equal to 250% of the current Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and;
  • Have no health insurance, or health insurance with high co-pays, deductibles or premiums;

  • Women receiving MaineCare or Medicare Part B are not eligible for MBCHP.

MBCHP enrollment is conducted over the phone in minutes:

call 1-800-350-5180; press 1


Important information for healthcare professionals:
Maine’s primary care providers are encouraged to continue referring women to MBCHP for screening and follow-up services for abnormal screening results. It is important to remember that even with the changes in health insurance laws and coverage, MBCHP is available to assist eligible women to gain access to needed breast and/or cervical cancer screening and follow-up services. Timely follow-up to abnormal screening results is critical to the early detection and treatment of cancer and pre-cancerous lesions.

Uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or undergoing treatment for breast or cervical cancer may qualify for MaineCare [Maine Medicaid Program] under the Maine Treatment Act. Call the MBCHP Case Manager/Patient Navigator to determine if your patient qualifies for treatment coverage [1-800-350-5180, Press 1 and ask for the Case Manager]. 

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Support Maine Breast Cancer Coalition by Shopping at AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Maine Breast Cancer Coalition every time you shop, at no cost to you.

How does it work?
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

How do I select Maine Breast Cancer Coalition to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
Click on the "Get started" button below.

I already have an Amazon account. Do I need to open a new account?
No. If you already have an Amazon.com account, you will use the same account on AmazonSmile.

More questions? Learn more about AmazonSmile

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition

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Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Health of Women Study
The Health Of Women (HOW) Study is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer.

The Study is being conducted at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, in collaboration with City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center.

What is the Health of Women Study?

From the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation website:

"The majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known clinical risk factors. This means we don’t know what causes breast cancer or how to prevent it.

The HOW Study is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer. We will collect information about your health, your job, your diet, and your family history, among other topics that can help us get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential causes. 

The HOW Study will track hundreds of thousands of women (and men) over time to learn what causes breast cancer, and how to prevent it. HOW will also study long-term breast cancer survivors in order to get a better understanding of how they are beating the odds. This is the first time a study of this size and magnitude is collecting data entirely online. We are excited by this approach because it will allow us to ask every question any of us (including you) ever wanted answered. We believe this is the first study that will allow the participants to submit questions they want studied, and we are eager to hear what you want us to do!

Once you sign up to become a member of the HOW Study, you will receive periodic questionnaires that will ask questions about different health and exposure topics. Each new questionnaire will be released in a "Call to Action" email and will address a specific topic, such as reproductive health, cancer history (for those with breast cancer), environmental exposures, and much, much more. Each questionnaire should take about 60-90 minutes to fill out, and you will get a new one every three to four months.

This is a partnership, and we need you for the long haul. The more questionnaires you fill out, the more information we will have that can help us have a better understanding of why women get breast cancer."

Click here to join the HOW Study or find out more.

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Join Us
We need your help!
Show your support and join us in our efforts. Annual memberships supply critical funding for our volunteer-based non-profit organization’s general operating costs and make it possible for us to continue our important work. Memberships are available in various levels for both individuals and businesses.

Click here to join online.

In addition to annual membership, please consider becoming involved as an active volunteer. We welcome your participation in our ongoing committees at a level that is most comfortable for you.

Contact us to find out more. 

Click here to download and print our membership/donation form if you wish to mail a check for your membership. 

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