The EGCC serves residents within our 53 county region. Our programs impact cancer and patients at every stage from prevention, screening, and treatment, all the way through survivorship. Cancer prevention begins in childhood, so initiatives such as the EGCC’s Farm to Table program have the ability to impact lives for decades. The EGCC also offers a program that teaches kitchen safety to children and healthy meal preparation for families on a budget. The EGCC’s prevention programs aim to reduce cancer risk by reducing barriers to protective behaviors, such as our skin cancer prevention program for the homeless population. The homeless population is at particular risk for skin cancer due to constant sun exposure and a lack of skin cancer prevention behaviors. The EGCC seeks to resolve these issues by distributing sunscreen and hats through area homeless agencies, along with educational information on the important of wearing these items.
We provide cancer health education programs in a variety of formats and tailor each presentation to the needs and interests of the people in each group. The EGCC emphasizes early screening in its programs, but we also understand that the cost of screenings are more than what some families can afford. Therefore, the EGCC negotiates with providers in our region to offer lower cost screenings to our residents. In some cases, reduced cost screenings are still unaffordable, so the EGCC has programs that pay for the screenings of un– or underinsured patients, such as our mammogram program. The EGCC also raises provider awareness of the latest research discoveries and seeks to bring awareness to these methods to ensure cost effective cancer screenings. As a result of such efforts, our colorectal cancer screening program provides screenings for $13 per patient. The EGCC’s “have you been screened?” program provides mammograms to un/under-insured women at no cost to the patient while simultaneously controlling costs by negotiating low rates.
Finally, the EGCC impacts patients during treatment and survivorship through programs such as our “Healing Hands” massage therapy program. This program provides a series of massages at no cost to patients who have low-incomes and would otherwise be unable to pay for massage therapy. While massage cannot treat cancer in itself, it can help reduce the side effects of medical treatments and medications.
It is only through the generosity of our funders and donors that we can continue our battle against cancer in east Georgia. 100% of the EGCC’s donations, programs and services remain in east Georgia. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the East Georgia Cancer Coalition. We look forward to hearing from you!
Address: 315 Riverbend Road Suite 3006 Athens, GA 30602 Phone: (706) 821-1949 Email: email@example.com