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Councilman Henderson announces breast cancer screenings

Wednesday September 24, 2003

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
502.574.4137

Patrick H. Neely
502.574.1351

Fourteenth District Councilman Bob Henderson today encouraged women 40 years of age and over to take part in a breast cancer screening event to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The screenings are being held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today through Friday at the Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.

The mammograms will be provided free to income eligible women without insurance. Women with insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, will have their agency billed.

Women are encouraged to call the Kentucky Cancer Program at 852-6318 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be honored first.

An estimated 211,300 new invasive cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2003, and women in the zip code areas of 40272, 40258 & 40216 have the highest early death rate in Metro Louisville from breast cancer.

Mammograms can detect cancer up to two years before a lump can be felt, and more than 97 percent of women whose breast cancer is found and treated early with no spreading beyond the breast, will survive.

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Robert Henderson (D)  14