Since 2003, the Witness Project of Long Island has served as a community project dedicated to educating women of African American descent about breast cancer and cervical cancer, and raising awareness about the importance of annual mammograms. Our programs are presented free of charge in comfortable, unintimidating settings including churches and community centers.
The key message of the Witness Project of Long Island is: Early Detection of Cancer Can Save Lives! Women over age 40 and those with a family history of breast cancer are encouraged to get an annual mammogram. (Current data shows that when breast cancer is detected early, there is a 95% survival rate.)
Our programs and navigation services are education and information based, prompting participants to have annual clinical breast exams and to do monthly breast self-exams in an effort to increase the early detection of breast cancer, and decrease the number of deaths from breast cancer. Pap tests are also addressed as a mean of cervical cancer screening.
Note: We do not provide medical services.
Our volunteers and navigators cannot comment on any diagnosis or treatment or offer medical advice.