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The Conversation

Nonprofit connects breast cancer patients with support services and equipment

Access to cancer screening can be difficult for minorities and people with low incomes.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Four women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer in Hawaiʻi, according to local nonprofit Breast Cancer Hawaii. It’s an organization that President Joanne Hayashi founded in 2016 to help reduce the information overwhelm she experienced after being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 33.

The Conversation sat down with Hayashi to learn about a new project that emerged during the pandemic. It’s called The CARE Closet — CARE stands for Community Access to Reusable Equipment.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 18, 2021.

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