Mississippi Joins Nationwide Campaign Challenging U.S. to Close the Gaps in
Breast Cancer Care, Survival
JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host a public forum to launch the state's participation in the Komen Community Challenge. The Mississippi Community Challenge events mark the fifteenth stop of a 25-city campaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and to draw attention to disparities in breast cancer mortality.
Health care providers, advocates, breast cancer survivors and elected officials will gather at the UMC Conference Center to discuss how to close the gaps in research, public policy and access to quality care that make breast cancer deadlier for some women. In addition, a powerful Komen video documentary, I Don't Want To Know, featuring Madison County patients and doctors who movingly illustrate the barriers to care facing too many Mississippi 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 those with little or no health insurance -- are less likely to receive quality cancer care and are more likely to die from the disease. Mississippi has the 3rd highest breast cancer mortality rate in the nation. More than 1,600 Mississippi 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
Representative John Hines, Greenville, Member of Public Health &
Dr. Ralph Vance, Oncologist, Former National President of American
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
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)
|SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure|
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