Late detection of breast cancer in Ukrainian women accounts for high percentage of cancer cases
In April, LifeChanger FSU launched a series of breast cancer awareness seminars across the Ukraine aimed at providing the region’s Jewish women with the knowledge and tools necessary to take the preventative measures that can increase the chances of early cancer detection. The first seminar, titled “Breast Health: Happiness, Beauty and Responsibility,” was produced by the LifeChanger FSU coordinators in Kherson, Southern Ukraine, on Sunday, April 15.
LifeChanger FSU recently decided to champion the breast health movement in their areas of operation when it became apparent that the Ukrainian Jewish community was in dire need of breast health education.
“A mother’s health is key to the well-being and success of her entire family. In every one of the cities where LifeChanger FSU operates, there is a woman who has had to face breast cancer. Our goal is to give these women hope for the future, enable families to overcome crisis situations and prevent crises from arising in the first place,” said Irina Chernobryvets, Director of LifeChanger FSU.
“In the Ukraine, more than 16,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and more than 20% discover their cancers in later stages, so programming that promotes breast health has become essential. With education, we can help bring about positive change and awareness, altering the reality for entire communities.”
The breast cancer awareness seminar in Kherson featured lectures by and consultations with leading medical professionals in Ukraine, including public health practitioners, surgeons and psychologists, breast exam simulations, and a charity auction to benefit Ukrainian breast cancer awareness causes. From May through October 20, Ukraine’s national Breast Cancer Awareness Day, LifeChanger FSU will be replicating the seminar in 12 more Ukrainian cities, including Odessa, Nikolayev, Mariupol, Kharkov, Zhytomir, Vinnitsa, Cherkassy, Chernovtsy, and Pervomaisk.
The “Breast Health: Happiness, Beauty and Responsibility” series is also supported by LifeChanger FSU partners IFCJ, The Kesher Project, The Kvitna Fund and local Jewish organizations in each host city.
LifeChanger FSU (www.LC-FSU.com) is a proactive human services organization that seeks out Jewish children living in the most economically repressed areas of the Ukraine who are grappling with extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, and overlooked physical and emotional disabilities, and changes their lives dramatically by providing frameworks for housing, education and healthcare and creating dynamic and comprehensive solutions to address their unique physical, mental and social needs and distance them from negative influences and the lure of drug addiction, alcoholism and crime.
Edited by: JV Staff