Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Our work does not stop in light of this new challenge—breast cancer is still impacting lives across our county and it is our duty to continue to serve and protect those in our community who are most vulnerable. Our team is working closely with community partners to build a plan for how we will continue to fund and provide necessary resources that help those in need fight breast cancer in this new climate.

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Komen Dallas County Safety Steps for Moving Ahead:

Last Updated 3/26/20

– In consideration of our staff and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Komen Dallas County staff will be working remotely through at least April 3, 2020.  Our operating hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

– Please allow time for our staff to return messages as they work remotely. You can always email info@komen-dallas.org as a starting point and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate team member for support.

– All Komen Dallas County office volunteers have been instructed to stay home through at least April 3, 2020. Any additional questions or concerns about volunteer opportunities can be directed to Natasha Mmeje, nmmeje@komen-dallas.org

We will continue to work closely with our community and corporate partners regarding upcoming special events and initiatives. 

You, the Dallas County community, are the heart and soul of this movement. With your support, we will continue to bring invaluable breast health services and education programs to those in our community who need them most.  

If you have any questions, please give us a call a 214-750-7223 or email info@komen-dallas.org.

Thank you again for your support and understanding during this time. Take care of yourselves and one another. We will get through this together! 

Upcoming Events

In accordance with recent guidelines set by Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins, Komen Dallas County will not host any events through April 2020.

4th ANNUAL PROMISE BREAKFAST: Originally planned for April 21, 2020, the event has been rescheduled for August 13, 2020 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. More details to come.

2020 MORE THAN PINK WALK: The Walk is still on Saturday, October 24th at NorthPark Center. 

Komen National Helpline

“In this time of social distancing, doctors’ appointments may be delayed, and people may be isolated from their usual sources of support,” says Susan Brown, Komen HQ’s senior director of education and patient support. “We know this can create uncertainty and raises many questions.  We are here for you, we care about you, we will support you. Komen provides resources online and through our toll-free helpline to help patients, their families and loved ones going through breast cancer so that no one feels alone in a time of need.”

If you or a loved one needs information about breast health or breast cancer, call our breast care helpline to speak with a trained specialist or oncology social worker at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email at helpline@komen.org.

What is coronavirus?

The new coronavirus was first detected in China in late 2019. This coronavirus has been named SARS-CoV-2. It causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 (which stands for coronavirus disease 2019).

The new coronavirus has spread to many countries, including the U.S. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. However, some cases are severe and can lead to death.

People who are older or who have other health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, appear more at risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. According to the American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology people with cancer, especially those in active treatment whose immune systems may be weakened, are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

For the latest information on the coronavirus, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

General Health and Hygiene Guidelines

To avoid being exposed to coronavirus, the CDC recommends everyone:
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
– Stay home when you are sick.
– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, before touching your face, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
– Ask people who come to your home to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they arrive.

Community News

Susan G. Komen Suggests Non-Symptomatic Women Delay Routine Breast Cancer Screening This Spring

Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, today suggested healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening until later this year.  The organization stressed that people who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging.  Komen made the recommendation to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support the health care system’s need to focus scarce health care capacity and resources on managing the pandemic and those most in need of support. Click here to read more.

Additional Breast Health & COVID-19 Resources

Managing Cancer Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Journal of the National Comprehensive Care Network – JNCCN)

Susan G. Komen Dallas County Office Update

Facts for Life: Talking with your doctor about Breast Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Who, What, Where, and Sometimes Why

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Protect Yourself 

Thank you again for your support and understanding during this time. Take care of yourselves and one another. We will get through this together!

Updated March 26, 2020

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