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Council Members Organize Breast Cancer Screenings

Friday August 12, 2005

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Louisville, KY - It is the second most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. However, 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 in the metro area this August and September. The mammograms will be conducted in partnership with the Louisville Metro Health Department, the Partnership in Cancer Control and the Kentucky Cancer Program. 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. The dates and locations of the screenings are as follows: · Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Councilmen Kevin Kramer, R-11, Stuart Benson, R-20, and Robin Engel R-22 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. Mammograms and early detection are crucial to surviving breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the breast cancer fatality rate for women who get screened every five years is more than twice as high as women who get a mammogram every year. At all locations, walk-ins will be welcome, but appointments will be honored first.


Stuart Benson (R)  20
Robin Engel (R)  22
Kevin Kramer (R)  11