[PNWHEALTH] FW: Media Release: Seattle event promotes health
screenings for African American women
Deanne.Boisvert at METROKC.GOV
Wed Sep 20 15:57:17 PDT 2006
> From: Valenzuela, Matias
> Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 10:18 AM
> Subject: Media Release: Seattle event promotes health screenings for African American women
> Public Health - Seattle & King County
> www.metrokc.gov/health <http://www.metrokc.gov/health >
> September 20, 2006
> Contact: Matías Valenzuela, 206-205-3331; James Apa, 206-205-5442
> Seattle event promotes health screenings for African American women
> KING COUNTY, WA > -> Local health organizations are coming together to promote health screenings for African American women over 40 years of age as part of Take a Love One for a Checkup Day. An event in Seattle this Saturday will include mammograms, clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, and Pap test, provided at no cost for women who qualify.
> The community health event will be held at:
> Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center
> 2101 East Yesler, Seattle
> 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, September 23
> Women are encouraged to schedule an appointment for this event by calling 206-709-7407.
> "> By detecting cancer early, screenings can save your life,> "> said Dorothy Teeter, Interim Director and Health Office for Public Health - Seattle & King County. > "> These screenings provide a valuable opportunity for women who otherwise might not have the available financial resources.> ">
> African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than other groups. Though breast cancer incidence rate is 37% higher in white women, breast cancer mortality rate is 67% higher in African American women.
> For women age 40 and over, Public Health recommends:
> * breast self exam every month
> * clinical breast exam, Pap test and pelvic exam every year
> * mammogram every 1 to 2 years
> All women for whom cost or lack of insurance is a problem and who are not able to attend this event may call 1-800-756-5437 and ask about the Breast and Cervical Health Program. If women qualify for this program, the health exam and mammogram will be provided at no cost.
> * For more information on the Breast and Cervical Health Program, visit: www.metrokc.gov/health/women/bchp.htm
> * For more information on Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day, visit: www.omhrc.gov/healthgap
> This event is organized by the Center for Multicultural Health, Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, YWCA Women> '> s Health Outreach Program, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Swedish Medical Center> '> s Comprehensive Breast Center/Providence Campus, Komen Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Washington State Breast & Cervical Health Program.
> Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for over 1.8 million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health - Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day.
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