Cancer Screening Education Program Providers

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - October 21, 2009
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The ladies of the Hawaii Medical Center’s Cancer Screening Education Program want women to know that when it comes to beating breast cancer, early detection is the best detection.

That’s why Wilma Pascua, patient navigator/billing specialist; Tusi F. Toomata-Mayer, RN; Gay Polido Scott, community outreach specialist; Josephine Agravante, volunteer; Renee Tesoro Dang, APRN; and Leilani Ricalde, APRN (pictured here from left) are giving free mammogram screenings and well-women exams (which includes a pap smear, clinical breast exam and pelvic exam) to uninsured and underinsured women ages 40 and older throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We try to offer some relief and assistance to some women,” says Toomata-Mayer, adding that should a patient need a further diagnostic test and biopsy, that also is covered. Call 547-6889 or 547-6820 for more information.


The screenings and exams are done through support of grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Hawaii Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. The six women who conduct the Cancer Screening Education Program also partner with other community health centers, physicians and community outreach programs, as well as ethnic and minority outreach programs to offer a wide range of health education opportunities year-round.

From diabetes management to consultations on low-cost community health clinics, this team leaves no topic unturned. The newest service it provides is a multidisciplinary clinic called The Thoracic Tumor Clinic, which brings together a specialized team to plan and address a patient’s diagnostic and treatment options efficiently and effectively.

“Our program is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all,” Toomata-Mayer says. “We carry out this mission through community services and outreach, education, cancer screening, advocacy, empowerment and compassionate care. It’s not just October; it’s every day of every month.”

And to think, they do it week in and week out with a staff you could name on two hands.


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