Early Detection and Awareness

Elizabeth “Libby” Ross was a career nurse. As part of the Foundation’s early-detection efforts, LRBCF funded a mammogram screening room at the Palmetto Health Breast Center in South Carolina, the Ross family’s home state. The screening room, in addition to information about self-exams and local events, serves to educate the community where Libby Ross was such and integral part.

The Foundation helps to educate women about early detection and awareness which will enable them to learn more about the disease and how they can help prevent it. Listed below are organizations that we work with and have worked with in the past to promote knowledge regarding early detection and awareness of breast cancer.

Palmetto Health Breast Center

The Palmetto Health Breast Center is a facility in Columbia, South Carolina devoted to the treatment, research, and early detection of breast cancer. Libby Ross was diagnosed and treated at the Center. The Center offers support groups, mammogram screenings, satellite offices for patients’ convenience and breast health education to instruct patients and their families. The Center provides seamless treatment fueled by research. One of the Foundation’s goals is to enable the Center to expand its presence in the community as a top provider for breast cancer treatment, research, and prevention. The Foundation has contributed to the building of a new facility that will be an important part of the community’s fight against breast cancer. This includes a larger staff dedicated to breast cancer treatment and a shorter waiting period for mammogram results and research.

The Young Survival Coalition

The Foundation has made a financial commitment to the Young Survival Coalition (YSC). YSC is the only international, nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women with breast cancer. Through action, advocacy, and awareness, the organization seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer, and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women age 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer. For more information on YSC click here.

The Foundation’s grant is earmarked for a research study on young women with breast cancer. YSC has partnered with Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City to conduct a survey covering demographics, medical history, treatment, diagnosis, and outcomes. From this survey, we hope to develop a clearer picture of young women and breast cancer and present the medical and research communities with statistics demonstrating the merit of more research on this underserved population.