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Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Legislators, Health Officials, Breast Cancer Survivors and Activists Call for Action on Breast Cancer

Thursday, November 8, 2007 General News J E 4
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JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 7 On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the CentralMississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will hosta public forum to launch the state's participation in the Komen CommunityChallenge. The Mississippi Community Challenge events mark the fifteenth stopof a 25-city campaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and todraw attention to disparities in breast cancer mortality.

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Health care providers, advocates, breast cancer survivors and electedofficials will gather at the UMC Conference Center to discuss how to close thegaps in research, public policy and access to quality care that make breastcancer deadlier for some women. In addition, a powerful Komen videodocumentary, I Don't Want To Know, featuring Madison County patients anddoctors who movingly illustrate the barriers to care facing too manyMississippi women, will be aired.

Nationwide, one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.Many Americans -- racial and ethnic minorities, low income women and thosewith little or no health insurance -- are less likely to receive qualitycancer care and are more likely to die from the disease. Mississippi has the3rd highest breast cancer mortality rate in the nation. More than 1,600Mississippi women are diagnosed every year, and 450 will die from the disease.WHAT: "Close The Gap" Public Forum on Breast Cancer WHO: Paul Ott, Forum Moderator, Talk Show Host-Listen to the Eagle, & breast cancer survivor Senator Alan Nunnelee, Tupelo, Chair of Public Health & Welfare Committee Representative John Hines, Greenville, Member of Public Health & Welfare Committee Dr. Ralph Vance, Oncologist, Former National President of American Cancer Society Dr. Phillip Ley, Surgical Oncologist, Mississippi Breast Center Dr. Annette Low, Director of Center of Excellence in Women's Health, University of MS Medical Center Dr. Ed Thompson, Interim Director of MS State Health Department Melody Fortune, Executive Director of State Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Karen Livingston-Wilson, Attorney/Partner at Butler|Snow Law Firm, Komen Steele Magnolia Affiliate Grant Chair & breast cancer survivor Dr. Cheryl Perkins, Senior Clinical Advisor for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, native Mississippian & breast cancer survivor WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 - 11:30 am WHERE: UMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive (Livingston Street entrance) Jackson, MS

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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