Monday August 9, 2004
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
It is the second most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
But only a fraction of women get the yearly mammograms recommended to successfully fight breast cancer.
That’s why members of the Louisville Metro Council are teaming up with other agencies to offer mammograms throughout the county starting this month through December.
The mammograms will be conducted in partnership with the Louisville Metro Health Department, the Partnership in Cancer Control and the Kentucky Cancer Program.
“Mammograms are the most reliable breast screening tool used today,” said Councilwoman Ellen Call, R-26, who is sponsoring one of the screenings. “Regular mammograms can help detect a tumor while it is small and easier to treat, which greatly increases a woman’s chance of survival.”
The American Cancer Society recommends that women get a mammogram annually once they are 40 years old.
The screenings are available for women age 40 and over. Insurance will be filed for women with coverage, while mammograms will be free for income-eligible women without insurance. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center will conduct the screenings at various sites throughout the community.
Here is the information on the dates and locations of the screenings throughout the community:
* Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Councilmen Kevin Kramer, R-11, and Stuart Benson, R-20, along with Jeffersontown Mayor Clay Foreman, will be sponsoring screenings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jeffersontown Community Center, 10617 Taylorsville Road. Contact 574-3465 to schedule an appointment.
* Sept. 15: Councilwoman Madonna Flood, D-24, will sponsor screenings from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Bethany United Church of Christ, 104000 Old Preston Highway. Call 574-1124 to schedule an appointment.
* Sept. 21: Councilmen Ken Fleming, R-7; Glen Stuckel, R-17; and President Kelly Downard, R-16; will be sponsoring screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road. Contact 574-1107 for an appointment.
* Sept. 22-24: Councilman Bob Henderson, D-14, will sponsor screenings from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane, as part of weeklong activities to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Call 574-1114 to schedule an appointment.
* Sept. 30: Councilwomen Julie Raque Adams, R-18, and Ellen Call, R-26, will be sponsoring screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church, 3515 Grandview Avenue. Contact 574-1118 for an appointment.
* Oct. 29: Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, will hold screenings as part of a Ninth District Health Fair, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St. Call 574-1109 to schedule an appointment.
* Dec. 3: Councilman Ron Weston will sponsor breast cancer screenings from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location to be announced.
Mammograms and early detection are crucial to surviving breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the breast cancer fatality rate for women who gets screened every five years is more than twice as high as a women who gets a mammogram every year.
“Every women who is at least 40 years old should have a mammogram every year,” Benson said. “By having this test once a year, women can dramatically improve their chances of survival. This effort will help bring affordable, convenient mammograms to locations throughout the county.”
At all locations, walk-ins will be welcome, but appointments will be honored first.
Julie Raque Adams (R) 18
Stuart Benson (R) 20
Ellen Call (R) 26
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Robin Engel (R) 22
Kenneth C. Fleming (R) 7
Madonna Flood (D) 24
Robert Henderson (D) 14
Kevin Kramer (R) 11
Glen Stuckel (R) 17
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Ron Weston (D) 13