The Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” of Thessaloniki, was formed and started action in our city in 2008, while the main office of the pan-Hellenic association in Athens has been operating for more than twenty years. It is managed by a seven-member board of directors and its scientific work is planned by professionals of different areas of specialty and approved by a Scientific Committee comprised of varied specialties authorities. It also employs two mental health professionals, a social worker and a psychologist.
Our basic aim is to offer to every woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer socio-psychological support, organized mutual help by specifically trained volunteers, updates on all health and labor issues, as well as other extra aid provided by public services.
Another important goal is keeping the public informed about the importance of prevention and timely diagnosis of the disease as well the mobilization of women for regular checkups. Additionally, over the last years we have added one more important function in our association’s programs which is supporting uninsured or financially struggling women. Every year we carry out a plethora of free screening tests in our local area as well as in other areas of Northern Greece, in collaboration with diagnostic institutions and the main cancer hospital of Northern Greece “Theagenio”.
In the framework of supporting women with lower or no income, we have dedicated a special place in our office where they can get wigs, or mastectomy items which are offered for free.
Every year we run many events and celebrations with the underlying theme of demystifying breast cancer, aiming young people as well, in our attempt to change around the up-to-now-common notions about timely diagnosis and prevention. Such an event materialized every year is Sail For Pink, a sail run that takes place in Thessaloniki’s bay and is dedicated to breast cancer. Other such events are illuminations of prominent buildings, social events, etc.