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[OCT. 4, 2003]  On Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8 a.m. the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a Breast Cancer Awareness Drive-thru at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

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 age 40.

For more information contact Barbara Dahm, ALMH volunteer coordinator, at 732-2161, ext.185, or visit the ALMH website at www.almh.org.

[Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital news release]

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