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| Monday, Oct. 22, 2001

Dear Editor:

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is the perfect time to tell those special women in your life how important they are to you by encouraging all those women aged 40 and older to get a mammogram every year.

KePRO, the Medicare Peer Review Organization in Pennsylvania, is aggressively working as part of a national project to increase the mammography rates among Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is known that the mortality rates from breast cancer can be considerably reduced if the tumor is detected early, when it is most treatable.

Most people, even older women themselves, are surprised to learn that a woman's risk for breast cancer continues to increase as she gets older. More than half the cases occur in women aged 65 and over. Mammography has been proven to be the most effective method of diagnosing breast cancer.

The single best way to prevail over breast cancer is early detection. Together, we can increase mammography rates in Pennsylvania and decrease morbidity and mortality from breast cancer.

Gwendolyn Poles, D.O.
KePRO associate clinical
coordinator, Harrisburg

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