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Ward Pugh encourages all women to get a mammogram as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October

Wednesday October 24, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: 574-4137/ 526-3622

Louisville – In an effort to spread the word that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) is encouraging all women in Metro Louisville and the surrounding areas to get a mammogram.

“Prevention is the key to detecting and preventing this deadly disease,” says Ward-Pugh, whose mother is a 14 year survivor. “Early treatment for breast cancer is the best way to fight this killer of women and one of the best ways to know if there is a threat is through annual mammograms.”

On Friday, October 19th, the Councilwoman sponsored a breast cancer screening clinic at the Clifton Center. Women in the district took advantage of the screening which was held in partnership with the University of Louisville and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. A total of 32 women were given appointments for mammograms.

“We have held this annual screening for years and these events have been of great benefit to women,” says Ward Pugh. “Many of my colleagues on the Council have held similar events and they are all well attended.”

The Councilwoman goes on to say that women should not wait for an announced clinic to have a mammogram.

“In many cases, health insurance covers mammograms as a preventative measure for better health. If you have insurance, contact your doctor and set up an appointment. If you do not have insurance, get in touch with a program that can assist with any free health care available,” says Ward-Pugh.

Partnering with Ward-Pugh in these screenings along with U of L and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center are the Kentucky Cancer Program, the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department, the Louisville and Jefferson County Partnership in Cancer Control and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

“These organizations are a good starting point to learn more about prevention and information to keep women healthy,” says Ward-Pugh.

Here are some helpful links:

http://www.browncancercenter.org/about-bcc/

http://kentuckycancerprogram.org/

http://authoring.louisvilleky.gov/Health/

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

For more information, contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109.

Sponsor:
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9