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M. D. Anderson Teams with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to Introduce New Free Breast Health Directory

M. D. Anderson Teams with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to Introduce New Free Breast Health Directory
M. D. Anderson News Release 09/06/00

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation have teamed to produce and distribute a new Breast Health Resource Directory. The new directory will be unveiled at a Komen Houston Survivors' Party on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Manor House of The Houstonian, 111 N. Post Oak Lane.

This new, 3rd edition of the Breast Health Resource Directory serves to educate women faced with a breast health concern or cancer diagnosis. The directory is a compilation of a wide range of information and community resources about breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatmentand survival.

"We hope this directory will provide confidence and assurance to women in making informed choices and decisions regarding treatment and care for breast cancer," says Shirley Coskey, president of Komen Houston.

The directory is available free to anyone requesting a copy, through the partnership of Komen Houston and M. D. Anderson, ranked the number one cancer center in U.S. News & World Report's latest "America's Best Hospitals" survey published in the magazine's July 17 issue.

"We believe that informed decisions, early detection and prompt treatment are the key to breast health. This directory is our gift of resources, given to the Houston community by people who care," she says.

The mission of the Komen Houston is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Komen Houston, which has funded grants totaling more than $2.5 million in the Houston metropolitan area during the past decade.

Nancy Brinker began the organization, naming it in memory of her sister who died of breast cancer at age 36. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is well-known for its annual Race for the Cure, held each October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year's Race in Houston is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Galleria/Uptown area.

"It is essential for women to be well-informed about breast health, and this new directory is an excellent source for the most current information," says Dr. Bernard Levin, M. D. Anderson's vice president for cancer prevention.

"We applaud the partnership of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation with M. D. Anderson, and we look forward to continued collaborative efforts in the future," he says.

An estimated 11,500 women in Texas are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer during 2000, and an estimated 2,600 women in Texas are expected to die of the disease during 2000, according to American Cancer Society figures.

For information about ordering the Breast Health Resource Directory, call M. D. Anderson's Public Education Office at (713) 792-3363. Organizations may order up to 300 free directories.


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