Interested women need only to drive
through either the front circle drive or the driveway behind the
hospital. Volunteers will be outside at the drive distributing
muffins, juice and breast cancer literature.
Approximately 251,100 women in the
United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003,
according to the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations.
This makes breast cancer the most common form of cancer for women in
the United States. Although the number of women being diagnosed with
breast cancer has increased in the last 30 years, the number of
women dying from the disease has fallen, in part because more women
are having yearly mammograms.
Darla Ludolph, the director of
radiology at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, says that "a yearly
mammogram as well as the clinical breast exam by a health
practitioner and breast self-examinations are all important
components in the early detection of breast cancer."
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October is National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, which encourages women to recognize the importance
of early detection, including annual mammograms for all women over
information contact Barbara Dahm, ALMH volunteer coordinator, at
732-2161, ext.185, or visit the ALMH website at
[Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital