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Community Outreach - By Cancer Type

Community Events are listed below based on cancer type.   In addition, through our Ask the Expert Program, covering all cancer types and issues, patients can meet with a Johns Hopkins expert in the first floor Weinberg Lobby to ask questions and receive information on specific topics. No reservations needed. Sessions are held weekly and are advertised on the calendar of events.

Check our Events Calendar for all events.

Breast Cancer

  • Survivor Retreats

    The Avon Foundation Breast Center hosts four retreats for breast cancer survivors and women with metastatic breast cancer. Participants do not have to be patients at Johns Hopkins.  The retreats are funded by the Komen Foundation.
  • Red Devils

    Started by two former Johns Hopkins breast cancer patients, Red Devils is a local charitable organization supporting Maryland families living with breast cancer by assisting with the expenses of their care.  They provide financial assistance during treatment for medicines, transportation, food, house cleaning, and childcare, and other needs.
  • Health Fairs and Community Events

    Our coalition of volunteers will provide activities and educational support for events related to breast health and breast cancer education, screening, and treatment.  For more information, email
  • Breast Health Education

    Working in conjunction with the American Cancer Society (ACS), our medical experts train people in the community so that may receive ACS certification and serve as Breast Health Educators in their local communities.  To date, our experts have trained more than 700 breast health educators.
  • Breast and Ovarian Surveillance Service (BOSS)

    Do you have questions or concerns about your or a loved one’s risk for breast or ovarian cancer? Are you a breast cancer survivor concerned about hormone replacement therapy or the risk of developing other cancers? Do you want to find out about genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer? The Johns Hopkins Breast and Ovarian Surveillance Service (BOSS) might be right for you.  Our expert team, including genetic counselors, can help you find the answers to your questions and understand your risks for developing breast or ovarian cancer.
  • The Avon Walk

    Each spring, a team of walkers from Johns Hopkins treks the nearly-40 mile route to Washington, D.C. on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  Johns Hopkins teams have been among the largest represented at the walk each year and funds raised from the event also benefit Johns Hopkins.  For more information, email

Colon Cancer

  • Baltimore City Health Department Screening Collaboration

    Faculty from our gastrointestinal program collaborate with representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department through its CRF Public Health Grant to provide colonoscopy screening to uninsured Baltimore residents. 
  • B’More Healthy Expo

    At the 2011, our experts provided educational information on colon health and colon cancer screening, one of the most common and preventable types of cancer at the B'More Healthy Expo. The next event is Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

Head and Neck Cancer

Prostate Cancer

  • Baltimore African American Heritage Festival Prostate Cancer Screenings

    Johns Hopkins experts attend the annual African American Heritage Festival to provide free education and screening exams to underserved and uninsured men.
  • Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Education Group

    This group is for men and their partners to learn about living with prostate cancer and its treatment. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00 - 7:30 PM in the Weinberg Auditorium. Refreshments are served, and complimentary parking is provided.  For more information contact Sharon Szalejko, LGSW, at 410-955-6765.

Skin Cancer/Melanoma

  • Screenings

    Johns Hopkins skin cancer and melanoma experts offer free skin cancer screenings each May, during Skin Cancer and Melanoma awareness month.  Tune to News and Events at the Melanoma Center for more information.

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