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Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Hosts Inaugural Illinois State Summit in Springfield
Date:11/10/2008

Komen Aims to Close Gaps in Reach and Address Vital Breast Cancer Health

Care Issues for All Illinois Residents

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), the leader of the global breast cancer movement, will convene at the first-ever Komen Illinois State Summit Nov. 12 in Springfield to identify gaps in the state's breast health coverage, discuss the impact of statewide breast health programs and work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to life-saving education, screening and treatment options for breast cancer.

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"We have counties in this state not served directly by a Komen Affiliate that need to be reached with breast health messages so we can continue to keep our promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing the science to find the cures," said Executive Director Michael Ziener from the Komen Chicagoland Area Affiliate.

The Komen for the Cure Affiliates attending the summit all serve areas of Illinois. Some are based in the state while others are from the neighboring states of Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. The Komen Affiliates participating are the Chicagoland Area Affiliate, Peoria Memorial Affiliate, McLean County Affiliate, Quad Cities Affiliate, Decatur Affiliate, Greater Evansville Affiliate, St. Louis Affiliate and the Wabash Valley Affiliate.

This summit will primarily address the gaps in Komen reach by county. It will also help answer questions regarding how to increase Komen coverage areas strategically in the next three to six years, address public policy and the current House Bill 5192 (disparities bill) and finally, it will aim to open the channels of communication between the many other organizations impacting brea
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