women issue mammogram reminder
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[May 24, 2007]
NEW YORK (AP) -- With fewer women getting
mammograms in New York and nationwide, some of the city's most
powerful women gathered at City Hall on Wednesday to spread public
awareness about the breast cancer screening tool.
"It's not fun; no one likes it; it's not pleasant. ... But if
there's anything you can do to really save your life, when it's all
said and done, this is it," said "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley
The American Cancer Society says yearly mammograms for
women 40 and older are the most effective test for early detection
of breast cancer, a disease that will likely claim more than 40,400
lives this year.
Other women taking up the cause included Deputy Mayor Patti
Harris, who is Mayor Michael Bloomberg's No. 2; City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum.
Harris noted city health department statistics that found 77
percent of New York City women in high risk categories got
mammograms in 2002, but in 2005, the number had slipped to 73
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"We're all here today as New York City women to say that we will not
accept this trend," said Quinn, who added that she was just 16 when
her mother died of breast cancer.
The speakers said women also have a responsibility to remind
their families and friends to get the yearly check, and should go
with a friend so that it's more bearable.
Macy's department store announced it will post signs in all of
its women's dressing rooms in New York City educating customers
about the importance of regular breast cancer screenings.
A number of city hospitals and clinics offer mammograms free or
at reduced cost, for those who do not have insurance.
from file received from AP