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October 8, 2010

Leah Bucco-White, Communication and Legislative Services, DHHS (402) 471-9356,

Breast Cancer Journey Across Nebraska set for October 14

Lincoln, NE – A 50-passenger bus wrapped in pink carrying a message of hope about breast cancer will leave Omaha at 8:45 a.m. on October 14 bound for North Platte. With pick-up stops in Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney and Lexington, the bus will arrive in time for the Breast Cancer Town Hall Meeting. The Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte and is open to the public.

Riders will share personal stories and provide insight to others who may be at the initial stages of their breast cancer journey.

The bus trip and the Town Hall Meeting coincide with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The ultimate purpose of these events is to increase early detection for Nebraska women. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,160 Nebraska women will be told they have breast cancer this year, and 210 Nebraska women will die of the disease. Breast cancer survivors and caregivers will have a chance to provide input into Nebraska’s Breast Cancer Control Plan by taking part in the Breast Cancer Town Hall meeting in North Platte.

“Breast cancer is especially treatable in its earliest stages,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “Mammograms are effective in finding breast cancer early, yet the mammography rates in Nebraska have actually been declining. It’s important for every woman to discuss when to begin her screening with her doctor. Overall, we need the screening rate to go up.”

According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, Nebraska’s rates for mammography peaked in 2004 with 76% of women age 40-64 reporting having had a mammogram in the previous two years. Nebraska ranks 39th out of all states and the District of Columbia in mammography usage.

The bus trip will stop for lunch at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island and a short program from a physician at the St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center. The bus will arrive at the Quality Inn in North Platte at 4 p.m. to join a healing activity at 6 p.m. and participate in the Breast Cancer Town Hall Meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The following day, October 15, the group will travel to Dancing Leaf Cultural Center near Wellfleet, Nebraska for a Health and Healing Workshop. Participants will return to their home that afternoon.

Sponsored by the DHHS Office of Women’s and Men’s Health, the Breast Cancer Journey Across Nebraska is open to breast cancer survivors, friends and families or anyone with an interest in breast cancer issues. For more information about how to register, call 1-800-532-2227.

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Note: Times and pick-up sites are shown below.

Omaha - 8:45 a.m.
One World Community Health Center/Livestock Exchange Building
4920 South 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68107

Lincoln - 10:00 a.m.
Walmart/Sam’s Club parking lot
4900 N. 27th Street
Lincoln, NE 68521

Grand Island - Approximately 11:45 a.m.
St. Francis Medical Center
2116 W. Faidley Ave.
Grand Island, NE 68803-4678

Kearny - Approximately 2:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Lexington - Approximately 2:45 p.m.
Location: TBA

North Platte - Approximately 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Quality Inn and Suites
2102 S. Jeffers Street