Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The hands raised in the photo above is in response to: raise your hand if you know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. With 1 in 8 women in the US to develop breast cancer in her lifetime, it is crucial that we do not delay screenings and the care we need. Breast Cancer Awareness Month looked different due to COVID-19 this year, yet our community still came together in powerful ways to to connect, support, and honor those impacted by cancer.  

To make a gift to support those impacted by cancer - or honor a loved one - click here.

To our community, 

November 11, 2020

Raising awareness of breast cancer screenings, treatment and support programs is a cause close to the heart for Anna Jaques Hospital. In a year like no other, we knew it was imperative to find new ways to stay connected with our breast cancer community. That’s when our amazing community partners stepped in. 

At a time when many of our patients and survivors are experiencing feelings of isolation, the North of Boston Cancer Resource, Greater Newburyport YWCA Encore Program and Tough Warrior Princesses offered a variety of free, virtual or socially distant activities to provide support, connection, and friendship for survivors. 

The Institution for Savings, our longtime partner in breast cancer awareness efforts, organized the “Pat-Walk for a Cure” to benefit our Gerrish Breast Care Center and to honor the Bank’s long-time employee and AJH volunteer, Pat Connelly. More than 270 participants walked the 5K course over a week’s time and, together, raised $50,000. 

We thank patients who came forward to share their personal cancer journeys with others through the AJH website, social media and through the October Breast Cancer Awareness insert in the Daily News. Your stories help to inspire hope, courage and a can-do attitude! 

This year did look different in some ways, but what remained the same was the continued support of our community that sustains our commitment to early detection, state-of-the art local treatment, and supporting our patients through their cancer journey into survivorship, is core to the mission of AJH and the Gerrish Breast Care Center.     

-  Peter Hartmann, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Gerrish Breast Care Center, Anna Jaques Hospital

-  Mary Williamson, Executive Director, Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation


Don't Wait

COVID-19 has resulted in many people putting off getting their routine mammograms. It’s more important than ever to schedule your annual mammogram and encourage other to get screened – because cancer doesn’t wait. With many infection control and safety measures in place, we are ready to provide the care and screening you need. 

All women are at risk for developing breast cancer, and this risk increases with age. Like many types of cancer, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the outcome. Schedule your mammogram at one of our three locations: 

  • Newburyport: 25 Highland Avenue
  • Amesbury: 24 Morrill Place
  • Haverhill: PMA Medical Office Building, One Park Way

Schedule your mammogram today: 978-834-8210

Please note: Due to infection control restrictions, walk-in appointments are not available at this time.


A special thank you to BNY Mellon for supporting efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Listen to stories

Seanna’s Story. Knowing her family history, Seanna started conversations with her doctors early and had her first mammogram when she was in her mid-30’s. A small change was noticed when Seanna was 47 - breast cancer which was detected through a routine mammogram. Continue reading.

Carol’s Story. Living proof that people can survive long after their cancer journey, Carol, now 84 and a woman of deep faith and conviction, has 20 years of survivorship after she noticed a lump under her armpit. Continue reading.

Joanna's Story. Like so many others, the YWCA Encore program helped form friendships and supportive bonds that helped Joanna build her physical and emotional strength while connecting to a broader network of survivors. Continue reading.


Stay Connected

Our community is blessed to have many local resources to find complementary therapies, support and community. AJH proudly partnered with many of these organizations in October to provide activities - but these wonderful resources are available year-round: