PA First Lady Michele Ridge and Student Athletes Remind Pennsylvanians To Give the Gift of Mother's Day Mammograms

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- On
 behalf of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, First Lady Michele M. Ridge today was
 joined by Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health Robert S. Zimmerman Jr. and
 Physician General Dr. Robert Muscalus to launch the 2001 Mother's Day
 Mammograms program.
     Held at the Susquehanna Township High School, Mrs. Ridge and student
 athletes from Susquehanna Township's girls' track team and Central Dauphin
 East's girls' softball team encouraged young women to take a proactive role in
 their mothers' health by reminding them to get a potentially life-saving
 mammogram.
     "Every year, nearly 12,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed among
 Pennsylvania women.  Breast cancer quickly becomes a family health issue,
 affecting the lives of the people each of those women love," Mrs. Ridge said.
 "So today, I join these exceptional student athletes to remind the mothers who
 take such good care of their children that they also need to take care of
 themselves by getting a mammogram."
     The Mother's Day Mammograms program is supported by the Rite Aid Women's
 Health Foundation, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and the
 Pennsylvania Department of Health.
     "Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in Pennsylvania.  And,
 sadly, in our state, more than 2,000 women die each year of breast cancer,"
 Dr. Muscalus said.  "But, this does not have to be the case.  Using
 preventative measures, such as breast self-examinations and mammograms, women
 can detect problems early.  Cancer found at an early stage offers a better
 chance for a cure."
     Now in its 12th year, the Mother's Day Mammograms program offers uninsured
 and underinsured Pennsylvania women more than 40 free mammograms through the
 Pennsylvania Department of Health's HealthyWoman provider network.
     Women can call 1-888-RITENOW toll-free for more information about the
 Mother's Day Mammograms program or visit any Pennsylvania Rite Aid for a free
 brochure.  The program continues through May 25.
     "Together we have the potential to help improve, prolong and save lives,"
 Secretary Zimmerman said.  "The screenings women receive can not only detect
 potential problems, but give women peace of mind in their own good health."
     Joining the Ridge Administration for today's announcement were Pat
 Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer
 Coalition; Mike Podgurski, board member of the Rite Aid Women's Health
 Foundation, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations at Rite Aid, and Chairman of
 the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy; and Lauren Pringle and Emily Roumm,
 co-captains, Susquehanna Township High School's girls' track team.
     "Mother's Day Mammograms enable thousands of women to take good care of
 their health," Halpin-Murphy said.  "The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition
 encourages every person to ask the special women in their lives to take
 advantage of the free mammograms available from participating health-care
 facilities statewide.  Pick up your free Mother's Day Mammograms brochure at
 any Rite Aid store, because mammograms save lives!"
     The Ridge Administration supports several other programs to assist women
 in their fight against breast and cervical cancer.
     In a special joint April radio address issued April 6, Gov. Ridge was
 joined by Mrs. Ridge and breast-cancer survivor Alice Sanders to urge
 Pennsylvanians to "Make Their Mark" against breast and cervical cancer by
 donating a portion of their state income-tax refunds to research.
     In 1997, Gov. Ridge signed into law the measure that allows Pennsylvanians
 to donate a portion of their state tax refunds or contribute directly to
 breast- and cervical-cancer research.  Since 1998, the Breast and Cervical
 Cancer Research Fund Checkoff has funded 25 Pennsylvania breast- and
 cervical-cancer research projects.
     On April 4, the Ridge Administration awarded $279,998 in grants funded
 through the income-tax donation to eight scientists at cancer-research
 centers, including a grant for cervical-cancer research.
     Each grant recipient can receive up to $35,000.  The Department of
 Health's Cancer Control Program oversees the grants and works with the
 Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's Income
 Tax Check-Off Committee to determine how to award each year's grants.
     In 1997, Gov. Ridge signed a law guaranteeing insurance coverage for
 post-mastectomy breast reconstruction up to six years after surgery.
     Gov. Ridge chairs the National Dialogue on Cancer's State Governors'
 Initiative.  The dialogue aims to decrease the incidence of cancer and improve
 the quality of life for cancer survivors.  Under Gov. Ridge's leadership, the
 State Governors' Initiative created a national clearinghouse of best practices
 to combat cancer.  This powerful new tool helps states share what works in the
 battle against cancer.  Gov. Ridge was asked to participate in the dialogue
 because of his Administration's leadership in fighting cancer in Pennsylvania.
     Mrs. Ridge serves as Honorary Chair for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer
 Coalition.  Each year, Mrs. Ridge leads the "Making Strides Against Breast
 Cancer" walks, now expanded to four Pennsylvania locations:  Harrisburg, Erie,
 Philadelphia and State College.
     The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition's traveling photo exhibit, "67
 Women/67 Counties," is part of the Health Department's aggressive
 breast-cancer public awareness and education campaign aimed at families,
 medical professionals, government and civic leaders, and others.
     The Department of Health's HealthyWoman Project is a breast- and
 cervical-cancer early detection program that provides mammograms, breast
 self-examination education, clinical breast examinations, pelvic examinations
 and Pap tests for eligible women.  Since the HealthyWoman Project began
 screening in 1994, almost 33,000 mammograms have been provided, and nearly 200
 breast cancers have been detected.
     The Pennsylvania Cancer Registry is a statewide cancer registry maintained
 by the Health Department.  This registry is one of the largest in the country
 and maintains comprehensive statewide cancer incidence and mortality data.
     For more information about cancer programs, call the Department of
 Health's toll-free helpline, 1-877-PA-HEALTH, or visit the department's
 website, which can be accessed through the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or
 directly at www.health.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Sally Bair of the Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady,
 717-787-1965; or Amy Zuccolotto of the PA Health Department, 717-787-1783.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- On
 behalf of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, First Lady Michele M. Ridge today was
 joined by Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health Robert S. Zimmerman Jr. and
 Physician General Dr. Robert Muscalus to launch the 2001 Mother's Day
 Mammograms program.
     Held at the Susquehanna Township High School, Mrs. Ridge and student
 athletes from Susquehanna Township's girls' track team and Central Dauphin
 East's girls' softball team encouraged young women to take a proactive role in
 their mothers' health by reminding them to get a potentially life-saving
 mammogram.
     "Every year, nearly 12,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed among
 Pennsylvania women.  Breast cancer quickly becomes a family health issue,
 affecting the lives of the people each of those women love," Mrs. Ridge said.
 "So today, I join these exceptional student athletes to remind the mothers who
 take such good care of their children that they also need to take care of
 themselves by getting a mammogram."
     The Mother's Day Mammograms program is supported by the Rite Aid Women's
 Health Foundation, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and the
 Pennsylvania Department of Health.
     "Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in Pennsylvania.  And,
 sadly, in our state, more than 2,000 women die each year of breast cancer,"
 Dr. Muscalus said.  "But, this does not have to be the case.  Using
 preventative measures, such as breast self-examinations and mammograms, women
 can detect problems early.  Cancer found at an early stage offers a better
 chance for a cure."
     Now in its 12th year, the Mother's Day Mammograms program offers uninsured
 and underinsured Pennsylvania women more than 40 free mammograms through the
 Pennsylvania Department of Health's HealthyWoman provider network.
     Women can call 1-888-RITENOW toll-free for more information about the
 Mother's Day Mammograms program or visit any Pennsylvania Rite Aid for a free
 brochure.  The program continues through May 25.
     "Together we have the potential to help improve, prolong and save lives,"
 Secretary Zimmerman said.  "The screenings women receive can not only detect
 potential problems, but give women peace of mind in their own good health."
     Joining the Ridge Administration for today's announcement were Pat
 Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer
 Coalition; Mike Podgurski, board member of the Rite Aid Women's Health
 Foundation, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations at Rite Aid, and Chairman of
 the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy; and Lauren Pringle and Emily Roumm,
 co-captains, Susquehanna Township High School's girls' track team.
     "Mother's Day Mammograms enable thousands of women to take good care of
 their health," Halpin-Murphy said.  "The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition
 encourages every person to ask the special women in their lives to take
 advantage of the free mammograms available from participating health-care
 facilities statewide.  Pick up your free Mother's Day Mammograms brochure at
 any Rite Aid store, because mammograms save lives!"
     The Ridge Administration supports several other programs to assist women
 in their fight against breast and cervical cancer.
     In a special joint April radio address issued April 6, Gov. Ridge was
 joined by Mrs. Ridge and breast-cancer survivor Alice Sanders to urge
 Pennsylvanians to "Make Their Mark" against breast and cervical cancer by
 donating a portion of their state income-tax refunds to research.
     In 1997, Gov. Ridge signed into law the measure that allows Pennsylvanians
 to donate a portion of their state tax refunds or contribute directly to
 breast- and cervical-cancer research.  Since 1998, the Breast and Cervical
 Cancer Research Fund Checkoff has funded 25 Pennsylvania breast- and
 cervical-cancer research projects.
     On April 4, the Ridge Administration awarded $279,998 in grants funded
 through the income-tax donation to eight scientists at cancer-research
 centers, including a grant for cervical-cancer research.
     Each grant recipient can receive up to $35,000.  The Department of
 Health's Cancer Control Program oversees the grants and works with the
 Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's Income
 Tax Check-Off Committee to determine how to award each year's grants.
     In 1997, Gov. Ridge signed a law guaranteeing insurance coverage for
 post-mastectomy breast reconstruction up to six years after surgery.
     Gov. Ridge chairs the National Dialogue on Cancer's State Governors'
 Initiative.  The dialogue aims to decrease the incidence of cancer and improve
 the quality of life for cancer survivors.  Under Gov. Ridge's leadership, the
 State Governors' Initiative created a national clearinghouse of best practices
 to combat cancer.  This powerful new tool helps states share what works in the
 battle against cancer.  Gov. Ridge was asked to participate in the dialogue
 because of his Administration's leadership in fighting cancer in Pennsylvania.
     Mrs. Ridge serves as Honorary Chair for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer
 Coalition.  Each year, Mrs. Ridge leads the "Making Strides Against Breast
 Cancer" walks, now expanded to four Pennsylvania locations:  Harrisburg, Erie,
 Philadelphia and State College.
     The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition's traveling photo exhibit, "67
 Women/67 Counties," is part of the Health Department's aggressive
 breast-cancer public awareness and education campaign aimed at families,
 medical professionals, government and civic leaders, and others.
     The Department of Health's HealthyWoman Project is a breast- and
 cervical-cancer early detection program that provides mammograms, breast
 self-examination education, clinical breast examinations, pelvic examinations
 and Pap tests for eligible women.  Since the HealthyWoman Project began
 screening in 1994, almost 33,000 mammograms have been provided, and nearly 200
 breast cancers have been detected.
     The Pennsylvania Cancer Registry is a statewide cancer registry maintained
 by the Health Department.  This registry is one of the largest in the country
 and maintains comprehensive statewide cancer incidence and mortality data.
     For more information about cancer programs, call the Department of
 Health's toll-free helpline, 1-877-PA-HEALTH, or visit the department's
 website, which can be accessed through the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or
 directly at www.health.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Sally Bair of the Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady,
 717-787-1965; or Amy Zuccolotto of the PA Health Department, 717-787-1783.
 
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