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New Kiosk Aims to Fight Breast Cancer in Humboldt Park

Pastor Lynette Santiago and Carmen Fonseca speak about the Breast Health Kiosk

When Humboldt Park resident Carmen Fonseca's mammography appointment was cancelled due to Chicago's massive February snowstorm, she took it as a sign that everything was probably okay.  "Luckily," she says "my doctor's office called me three times to reschedule!" Carmen was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that will affect 12.2% of women during their lifetime.  

Carmen, was able to quickly undergo surgery and treatment, and is now encouraging neighborhood women to learn more about breast cancer through the new Breast Health Kiosk unveiled today at Rebaño Compañerismo Cristiano Iglesia.  The kiosk has been brought to Humboldt Park as a part of a partnership between the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI), the Avon Foundation for Women, Rebaño, and the Helping Her Live Program, all organizations committed to fighting breast cancer.

The Breast Health Kiosk features a touchscreen computer that asks questions about breast health, and prints out a customized magazine based on the user's answers.  At the end of the questionnaire, the user can use the telephone attached to the kiosk to immediately get directed to free health services that can meet their needs.

The kiosk will be at Rebaño Compañerismo Cristiano Iglesia (2435 W Division St) for the next six weeks, then at Norwegian American Hospital (1044 N Francisco Ave) for the following six weeks, and is free and availble to the public.  Helping Her Live hopes to then move the kiosk around the neighborhood to beauty salons, laundromats, and other public places.

For more information about Helping Her Live and the Sinai Urban Health Institute, please visit http://www.suhichicago.org/research-evaluation/helping-her-live-gaining-control-of-breast-health

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