Wednesday January 9, 2008
For immediate release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
With the beginning of a new year, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13 will sponsor breast cancer screenings in an effort to help women with early detection of this disease.
“As we begin 2008, I can think of no better time to for any woman to take this preventive measure to fight breast cancer,” says Welch.
The Breast Cancer Screening for women in District 13 will take place on January 30th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 903 Fairdale Road.
Mammograms will be provided for women age 40 and over. There will be no cost to program eligible women without insurance. Insurance will be filed for those women who have coverage. Mammograms will be provided by the University of Louisville Hospital, James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
Norton Healthcare will also be on hand to perform blood pressure checks, glucose screening, bone density and body fat analysis with a focus on women's health at the Breast Cancer Screening.
The National Cancer Institute estimated in 2007, 178,480 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed for women in the United States. There were 40, 460 deaths related to the disease,
“These recent numbers are a reality check that the problem of breast cancer is still affecting women and families,” says Welch. “What many women do not know is you have a better chance of survival with early detection.”
For appointments for the screening can be made by calling Phyllis Bacigalupi at 762-1410. Walk-ins are welcome but all appointments will be honored first.
Joining Welch in sponsoring the screenings are the Metro Louisville Public Health and Wellness Department, the Kentucky Cancer Program and the Louisville/Jefferson County Partnership in Cancer Control.
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13