Mission Statement
We are dedicated to making a positive difference in the health of Maine people through:
  • Service through financial support for underserved people with breast health or breast cancer needs. Click here for information or to download a Support Service Fund Application.
  • Advocacy for breast cancer research and legislation
  • Education to promote knowledge about breast cancer and quality care. Click here for breast cancer or breast health resources.

MBCC Membership Special During “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

October Special! Become a member or renew your membership in the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition by October 31, and you will be entered into a drawing for an Angela Roi palette pink cross-body handbag.

This beautifully styled, all-vegan materials handbag was donated by Angela Roi to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

Angela Roi is an online modern classic handbag brand. Co-founders Angela and Roi wrote, “We believe that we can use our resources productively to impact the greater community. With our Donate by Color initiative, for every handbag sold, we donate by color to support the associated cause. For instance, if we sell a pink ribbon handbag, we donate 5% of the sale to support breast cancer fighters.” Connect with Angela Roi on Facebook or Twitter.

Please help us meet our goal of 50 new members! Increased membership is critical for our volunteer-based non-profit organization’s general operating costs. Annual memberships are available at various levels for both individuals and businesses. Click here to join us.


Second Annual “Think BEYOND Pink” Luncheon: Friday, October 9 in Caribou

Cary Medical Center’s Pink Aroostook and Healthy You programs are partnering to rally Aroostook communities to “Think BEYOND Pink” this October at the second annual luncheon event to be held on Friday, October 9 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. In addition to a fantastic buffet lunch, guests will enjoy fabulous door prizes and amazing guest speakers. They will leave the event empowered and equipped with information on how to do more for the breast cancer cause than buy pink ribbon products this October. Attendees will also learn some simple dietary changes that can be implemented to decrease their personal risk for some breast cancers.

Bethany Zell, Pink Aroostook Director and President of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, will briefly share about her breast cancer advocacy work and provide information about how to get involved and do more to help end breast cancer. As Maine’s Field Coordinator and Team Leader for the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), Bethany has represented Maine in Washington, DC, and throughout our state for the NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 campaign. Her passion and unwavering dedication to this cause will inspire and motivate luncheon attendees to “Think BEYOND Pink” when they think about breast cancer.

The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Dr. Susan Silberstein, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of BeatCancer.org Center for Advancement in Cancer Education. Dr. Silberstein’s non-profit is committed to providing expert one-on-one, individualized nutritional, immunological, and psychological guidance to their clients facing cancer. Sharing on the topic of “Breast Cancer: The Diet Connection", Dr. Silberstein will outline easy and vital steps you can take to prevent breast cancer, its recurrence, or support yourself during or after treatment. Based on scientific evidence and over 30 years of experience, she will also share with us about powerful anti-cancer foods, dietary fats, how to boost immunity with your fork, and more.

A portion of the $20 admission will be used to support Pink Aroostook, a county-wide breast health program, and breast health initiatives throughout Aroostook County.

To register or for more information, please call or email Bethany Zell, Pink Aroostook Director, by Friday, October 2, at 207-498-1361 or bzell@carymed.org.


Waterville “Pink In the Street” October Events to Benefit MBCC

Allied Health Advantage (AHA) of Waterville, in cooperation with KV Crossfit, will be sponsoring “Pink In The Street” in Waterville this October. Part of this fundraiser will be a competition at the AHA gym on October 17th.

Also, Allied Health Advantage will invite members of the community to choose a way to donate to MBCC during October through an activity of their choice.

AHA is planning to encourage support from Waterville businesses by asking them to donate a $50.00 minimum donation, placing a large pink ribbon in their windows, and participating in a window-decorating competition.

For more information, contact Nancy Beadling at Allied Health Advantage at 680-9155, or email her at aha2101@live.com.


SHARE: No-cost Services For Women Facing Breast or Ovarian Cancer
SHARE is a non-profit organization for women facing breast and ovarian cancer. Because a cancer diagnosis can be so overwhelming, SHARE makes it their mission to provide support services to those affected by these potentially fatal diseases.

Trained helpline volunteers, who are survivors themselves, offer emotional support to women as they go through treatment. Every year, SHARE’s Helplines live coverage provide immediate help to thousands of callers who need to talk to someone who has been there. SHARE offers not only hope and guidance, but also opportunities for women to make connections with others facing similar challenges.

From the SHARE website:

“We help them face their feelings and fears, communicate effectively with their doctors, and make informed decisions about their health, all at no charge. We also offer services to friends, family members, and caregivers who, along with their loved ones, share in the impact that a diagnosis of cancer can make on their lives.”

All services are free of charge. SHARE provides telephone support, support groups, educational programs, and advocacy activities. Call toll-free to talk to someone about breast or ovarian cancer -- in English, Spanish, and 10 other languages.

TOLL-FREE HELPLINE: 844-ASK-SHARE (844-275-7427)

Find out more at http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/?


Breast Cancer Facts & Figures

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through action and advocacy.

Click here for a few statistics that speak to the need to end this deadly disease.

Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program: An Important Resource for Maine Women
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to create greater access to health care by getting more people covered by insurance. For women who have purchased coverage on the Marketplace or other privately purchased plans, but continue to be burdened by premiums, deductibles and co-pays that prevent them from receiving breast cancer screening services, the Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) can be a valuable resource for women needing breast and/or cervical cancer screening and follow-up services.

Program eligibility for MBCHP:
  • Women age 40 to 64, with the following exceptions:

  • Women 35-39 who have seen a doctor and need follow-up tests for a possible breast or cervical cancer;
  • Women 35-39 who have not had a Pap test in 5 or more years.

  • Maine resident (or New Hampshire resident located within 15 miles of the Maine state border), and;
  • Household income less than or equal to 250% of the current Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and;
  • Have no health insurance, or health insurance with high co-pays, deductibles or premiums;

  • Women receiving MaineCare or Medicare Part B are not eligible for MBCHP.

MBCHP enrollment is conducted over the phone in minutes:

call 1-800-350-5180; press 1

Important information for healthcare professionals:
Maine’s primary care providers are encouraged to continue referring women to MBCHP for screening and follow-up services for abnormal screening results. It is important to remember that even with the changes in health insurance laws and coverage, MBCHP is available to assist eligible women to gain access to needed breast and/or cervical cancer screening and follow-up services. Timely follow-up to abnormal screening results is critical to the early detection and treatment of cancer and pre-cancerous lesions.

Uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or undergoing treatment for breast or cervical cancer may qualify for MaineCare [Maine Medicaid Program] under the Maine Treatment Act. Call the MBCHP Case Manager/Patient Navigator to determine if your patient qualifies for treatment coverage [1-800-350-5180, Press 1 and ask for the Case Manager]. 


Pink Aroostook: Breast Health Program in Northern Maine

Pink Aroostook is a breast health program designed for support, advocacy, education and awareness of breast health issues in northern Maine. Pink Aroostook helps connect people diagnosed with breast cancer to local and national resources that may be able to provide financial and emotional support.


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