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Komen Arkansas and Ozark Affiliates, First Lady Ginger Beebe, Rep. Joyce Elliot, Breast Cancer Survivors and Activists to Call on Elected Officials to Fund Breast Cancer Screenings

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 General News J E 4
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 21 On August 23 at 5:30 p.m., theArkansas and Ozark Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host areception at the Governor's Mansion to launch the state's participation in theKomen Community Challenge.

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In Arkansas, 1,830 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.At the Arkansas Komen Community Challenge, breast cancer survivors andactivists will urge the governor and the general assembly to increase fundingfor BreastCare, a program that provides free mammograms to under- anduninsured Arkansas women, and to support policies that make it easier for allwomen to have mammograms. Currently, 25 Arkansas counties do not havemammography services.

This event marks the eighth stop of the Komen Community Challenge, a25-city campaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and to drawattention to disparities in breast cancer mortality. Many Americans -- racialand ethnic minorities, low-income women and those with little or no healthinsurance -- are less likely to receive quality cancer care and are morelikely to die from the disease.

Nationwide, one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.Low-income women are three times more likely to die from breast cancer anduninsured women are 30 to 50 percent more likely to die from the disease thanwomen with insurance.WHAT: Arkansas Komen Community Challenge Reception WHO: Interviews available with: -- First Lady Ginger Beebe -- Representative Joyce Elliot -- Leila Alston, BreastCare Advisory Board, Komen Arkansas Affiliate Board, Master's in Health Services Administration -- Sherrye McBryde, Komen Arkansas Affiliate -- Alison Levin, Komen Ozark Affiliate -- Meghan Evett, National Komen for the Cure Representative -- Breast Cancer Survivors WHEN: August 23 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Governor's Mansion, 1800 Center Street, Little Rock

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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