NEW YORK — First Lady Laura Bush visited the new Capital Breast Care Center last Tuesday, an outgrowth of the Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The CBCC was made possible through a $1 million start-up grant from the Avon Foundation. MedStar Health, a nonprofit, community-based, health-care organization, is Lombardi’s clinical partner in the effort. Last week, Avon announced another $500,000 donation to CBCC.

The CBCC offers comprehensive health exams, instructions on giving breast self-exams and one-on-one meetings with health educators. Mammographies are now provided at MedStar’s Washington Hospital Center, but the CBCC will soon have on-site mammography services.

The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade has supplied more than $300 million to research and care organizations. “Until the disease is eradicated, Avon remains committed to the fight against breast cancer and to partnering with organizations and programs worldwide to ensure all women receive parity in medical care regardless of economic or social circumstances,” said Andrea Jung, Avon’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Jeanne Mandelblatt, professor of medicine at Georgetown and director of the CBCC, said the partners in the project, “share a vision for the District of Columbia that no woman in need of breast care services is left behind. At CBCC, we will not turn any woman away, regardless of insurance or financial status.”

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