Post office to promote breast cancer message Need for detection is message going out with mail

June 14, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

The Pasadena post office will join post offices across the country tomorrow in delivering a message with the mail.

In conjunction with the issuing of a breast cancer awareness stamp, representatives of county health organizations will be in the lobby of the Pasadena facility from 10 a.m. to noon, passing out literature promoting early detection.

The stamp's debut coincides with the Race for the Cure on the Mall in Washington. Baltimore holds its version of the fund-raising race in October.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will donate coupons for free mammograms, while North Arundel Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center will provide free information on breast cancer prevention and detection.

Local organizations say they hope to show women that monthly self-examinations and annual mammograms can help save lives.

"It's all about earlier detection," said Lois Levine, coordinator for the county Health Department's breast and cervical cancer program.

In Anne Arundel County, 200 new breast cancer cases are expected annually. Of these, 60 will be fatal, according to Department of Health figures.

Breast cancer deaths can be reduced by a third with earlier detection, which would save 20 lives in the county, Levine estimated.

Pasadena Postmaster Patricia Quick said the post office's mission is to show concern for the community's welfare.

Quick, whose sister is a breast cancer survivor, said she hopes women think of beating the disease every time they use the stamp, which features a female figure with a pink ribbon on her right shoulder.

"There are not too many organizations with the power of the post office," Quick said. "We reach everybody."

The Pasadena post office is in the 4300 block of Mountain Road. Phone: 437-0813.

Pub Date: 6/14/96

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