Breast Center Manager Goes to Washington; Advocates for Breast Screening

August 11, 2015 5:00 pm
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Left to right: Carole Gentry and Jori Phillips visited Debbie Stabenow’s office in Washington, D.C., as part of their advocacy efforts.

Breast Center Manager Carole Gentry and Mercy Health Patient Meet with Several Legislators to Advocate for Breast Cancer Screening Policies Supported by Research

On July 23, 2015, Carole Gentry traveled to “the Hill” on Washington, D.C. as part of an advocacy effort among the National Consortium of Breast Centers. With breast cancer survivor, Jori Phillips, who told of her own experience as a breast cancer patient, Gentry visited with Michigan legislators in their D.C. offices. The goal of the visit was to encourage Congress to support a two-year moratorium on the newly revised 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation that women should only receive a mammogram every two years, starting at age 50, rather than the current standard recommendation of women beginning annual mammograms at age 40.

“We visited with two senators and five congressmen, all from Michigan, their health aides and other personnel,” reported Gentry. “I gave them a one-pager, told them who I was, what I was there for, presented my story, and then introduced our patient, Jori, who told her personal story and really put a face on the implications of these recommendations.”

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From left: Jori Phillips, Rep. Justin Amash and Carole Gentry on July 23, 2015, during an advocacy outreach for the National Consortium of Breast Centers in Washington, D.C.

Gentry enjoyed the opportunity to exercise her voice with elected officials. “Everyone I met with was from Michigan, and we felt listened to, were respected and thanked for our time.”

According to the National Consortium of Breast Centers, “Using the same CISNET models used by the USPSTF, it has been estimated that if women who are now in their thirties wait until the age of 50 to begin screening and are then screened every two years, as many as 100,000 women will unnecessarily die of breast cancer, whose lives could have been saved by annual screening starting at the age of 40.”

If you would like more information about breast cancer screening, please visit: www.mercyhealthbreastcare.com.

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