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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi, Ohio Senator Tom Niehaus, and OhioHealth Riverside Breast Health Center Call for Action on Breast Cancer

Ohio to Join Nationwide Campaign Challenging U.S. to Close the Gaps in

Breast Cancer Care, Survival

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, January 22, the Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host two events to launch Ohio's participation in the Komen Community Challenge, a nationwide tour to close the gaps in breast cancer care that cause some women to die of the disease more than others.


A morning press conference and site tour will be held at the OhioHealth Riverside Breast Health Center in order to give the media a clear picture of the state of breast cancer in Ohio. A luncheon and community forum on "closing the gap" in breast cancer care will follow at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The forum will include community leaders and breast cancer advocates and will be moderated by Heather Pick, anchor of 10TV and breast cancer survivor. The purpose of these events is to educate Ohio residents about the state of breast cancer in Ohio and to motivate them to call for legislative action that will improve access to breast health care.

Nationwide, one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2007 more than 6,700 Ohio women were diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 1,800 women died from the disease. Ohio is ranked 4th in the nation in breast cancer mortality. Low-income and under-insured women are more likely to die from the disease, whereas those with access to early diagnosis have a 98 percent chance for survival.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 22

9:30 A.M. Press Conference and tour of Riverside Health Center

12:30 P.M. Lunch and Community Forum

WHAT: "Close the Gap" Press conference and tour of the OhioHealth

Riverside Breast Health Center.

Community Forum to launch Ohio's Komen Community Challenge

WHO: Speakers at the Press Conference and Site Visit:

Matt Moore, Senior Policy Advisor for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Miguel Perez, President, Komen Columbus Affiliate

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-12)

Ohio Senator Tom Niehaus (R-14)

Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello, OhioHealth

Speakers at the Community Forum:

Ohio Representative Joyce Beatty (D-27)

Dr. Alvin Jackson, Director, Ohio Department of Health

Helen Jones Kelley, Director, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family


Stefanie Spielman, breast cancer survivor & founder, Stefanie

Spielman Fund

Dr. Jean Stevenson, surgeon, MetroHealth Cancer Care Center,


Lee Halarewicz, breast cancer survivor and advocate

WHERE: The press conference and tour is at Riverside Health Center Lower

Level Atrium, 500 Thomas Lane, Columbus, OH 43214. Parking is

available in the purple parking garage, adjacent to the Center.

The community forum is in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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