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Komen for the Cure Central New Mexico Affiliate, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, Sen. Dede Feldman, Breast Cancer Survivors Call on Elected Officials to 'Close the Gap' in Access to Breast Health Services

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 General News J E 4
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Nov. 20 On Nov. 28 from noon to2:00 p.m., the Central New Mexico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Curewill host a roundtable discussion to launch New Mexico's participation in theKomen Community Challenge. At 7:00 p.m. at The Pit, policy leaders,scientists, health professionals, breast cancer survivors, cheerleaders,sportscasters and reporters will suit up in pink to show their passion forfinding the cures for breast cancer.

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These events mark the fifteenth stop of the Komen Community Challenge, a25-city campaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and drawattention to disparities in breast cancer mortality.

In New Mexico, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongwomen, and more than 1,000 New Mexico women will receive a diagnosis in 2007.Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for Hispanic, African American andNative American women in the state, and low-income women are three times morelikely to die from the disease. More than 150,000 uninsured New Mexico womenbetween the ages of 19 to 64 will be diagnosed too late to have the greatestchance at survival.

Roundtable Discussion

Night at the PIT

Komen for the Cure is sponsoring the UNM v. Southern Utah game, and willlight up The Pit in pink with basketballs, foam fingers, T-shirts, breasthealth materials and Promise Ring giveaways. Komen advocates will educate Lobofans on breast health issues and how they can join the breast cancer movement.Komen for the Cure, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, Sen. Dede Feldman and otherleaders will discuss how New Mexico can close gaps in access to quality breastcancer screening and treatment. Panelists will focus on barriers to care andpropose changes to ensure all women have the same chance to survive breastcancer. WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on disparities in quality breast health care in New Mexico WHO: Interviews available with: -- Meghan Evett, public policy manager with Susan G. Komen for the Cure -- Kathy Anderson with the Central New Mexico Affiliate of Komen for the Cure -- Jennifer Hawthorne, breast cancer survivor, of the Navajo Nation WHEN: Nov. 28 from noon to 2:00 p.m. WHERE: National Hispanic Cultural Center at 1701 4th Street SW

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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