mammograms provided to 40 women
Women team up to fight breast cancer
Women in Ripley County benefited last week from
a collaborative effort of a group of women spanning two states
to combat breast cancer.
The efforts by the SouthEastern Indiana Cancer Health Network,
Inc. (SEICHN) based out of Lawrenceburg, St. Elizabeth Medical
Center in Kentucky, and the local health department in Ripley
County brought a mobile mammography unit to the county last Wednesday,
Forty area women were able to get a free mammogram, compliments
of SEICHN, and were given a free clinical breast exam (St. Elizabeth
through a Avon grant) and breast awareness education (SEICHN).
Dr. Adrianne Lane, Greendale area, president of SEICHN along with
Dr. Madeleine Martin, Moores Hill, director of SEICHN have worked
with the organization for 11 years to bring breast cancer awareness
to communities. Both are professors at the University of Cincinnati.
SEICHN is a local Indiana based not-for-profit organization that
writes grants for monies to fund cancer screenings and preventative
measures. They cover Ripley and the surrounding counties of Dearborn,
Franklin, Ohio and Switzerland.
For the Ripley County event, the women secured grants through
the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and Avon Breast Health
Outreach Program to bring the mobile unit to the county.
Kimberly Herrmann is the community outreach manager for SEICHN.
She worked closely with local agencies to bring breast cancer
awareness and programs to area women. Herrmann encourages women
to have breast exams. She says the percent of those surviving
breast cancer is now in the upper 90s thanks to early detection.
Dr. Lane praised the efforts of local health nurse, Vicky Powell.
She has been just great to work with. Without her, this
wouldnt happen here, she told the Osgood Journal as
they were wrapping up the event last week.
Powell is thankful for the opportunity for local women and looks
forward to working in the future with the SEICHN organization.
They are a fantastic group of women, she concluded.
To contact the Ripley County Health Department, call 689-0506.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Pictured in front of the mobile mammography van that
rolled into Ripley County on Wednesday, August 3 from left
are: Dr. Adrianne Lane, Kimberly Herrmann, Dr. Madeleine
Martin, all with the SouthEastern Indiana Cancer Health
Network, Inc., Lawrenceburg; Vicky Powell, Ripley County
health nurse, Phyllis Reed, nurse practitioner and Marienne
Kremer, mammographer, both with St. Elizabeth Medical Center,
Edgewood, KY. Thanks to a variety of grants provided through
the SouthEastern Indiana Cancer Health Network, Inc., 40
area women were given free mammograms at the mobile unit
that was located beside the health department in Versailles.