By Seth Daniel
Three organizations, including the National Football League (NFL), will come together at the South End Community Health Center this Tuesday, Oct. 17, for a one-of-a-kind event to draw awareness to early detection of cancer.
The program is called ‘Crucial Catch’ and is a nationwide initiative with the NFL and the American Cancer Society. In Boston, the New England Patriots will be involved and have representatives at the event. The South End Community Health Center (SECHC) is one of only 32 grant recipients for the program nationwide, and it is the only program designated in New England.
Specifically, the CHANGE grant from the NFL looks to increase breast cancer screenings for early detection by 21 percent, and colorectal cancer screening rates by 10 percent. The grant is aimed at the South End community in particular.
Following a media event with testimonials from cancer survivors, a public event from 3-6 p.m. will take place in order to boost awareness of the need for early screenings to detect and prevent cancer.
Registered guests will be paired with a “coach” to accompany them, with a “scorecard,” through the stations focused on breast cancer screening, skin cancer screening, colorectal screening (“Fit” test), nutrition, oral cancer screening and cervical cancer screening/HPV. High scorers will win prizes.
In addition, representatives from Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Dana-Farber Mammography Van will be on-site for the day. Students and faculty from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Boston University Latino Medical Student Association and the Hispanic Dental Student Association will also participate in cancer screening and educational activities.