Carroll among areas in Md. with high breast cancer rate Health officials gather to celebrate release of new postage stamp

August 07, 1998|By John Murphy | John Murphy,SUN STAFF

Carroll County has one of highest rates of breast cancer in Maryland -- 33.25 deaths per 100,000 women, according to the most recent statistics from the county Health Department.

Only Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County have higher rates -- 33.39 and 33.38, respectively.

But a historic stamp might help improve such statistics.

Members of the county Health Department's Women's Wellness Program gathered at the new Westminster post office yesterday to celebrate the release of the Postal Service's breast cancer postage stamp.

The stamp, featuring an image of Artemis, the hunter goddess of Greek mythology, is designed to raise money for breast cancer research. The stamp costs 40 cents -- 8 cents more than the regular rate for first-class postage. The additional proceeds will be used to fund breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Judy Trickett, coordinator of the breast and cervical cancer screening program at the county Health Department, hopes the stamp will make more county residents aware of breast cancer.

Since the screening program started in 1992, more than 1,000 patients have received free mammograms and other services. Of those, 24 were found to have breast cancer.

"It would be nice if a business would use the stamp," she said.

The post office reported brisk sales of the new issue. Since their release July 29, more than 1,200 stamps have been sold.

To mark the release of the stamp in Carroll, Trickett and Dr. Janet W. Neslen, a deputy health officer for Carroll, presented a certificate of appreciation to Cheryl Jones, a breast cancer survivor.

Jones is an education aide with the Carroll County Health Department who helps patients receiving mammograms for the first time. She has participated in several education programs throughout the county. Jones said her grandmothers, her mother and her uncle were diagnosed with breast cancer.

"We all have to be in tune and educate ourselves," said Jones.

A breast cancer education booth has been set up at the Westminster post office at 345 Woodward Road in Englar Business Park. It will be on display through the weekend.

For more information on free mammograms offered by the Women's Wellness Program at the Carroll County Health Department, call 410-876-4423.

Pub Date: 8/07/98

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