November 25, 1999 | By: Mark Eclov
Lexington, KY

The Kentucky Educational Television network will broadcast the second edition of a live call-in program on issues related to breast cancer. The program, called "Partners in Hope: Families Fighting Breast Cancer," is scheduled for airing December 8 beginning at 8 p.m. (eastern standard time).

The telecast is part of a state- wide cooperative awareness campaign being conducted by the Kentucky Cancer Program, the Cancer Information Service, the Kentucky Extension Homemakers group, the Markey Cancer Center, the UK College of Agriculture and KET.

The program includes an introduction from June Mumme, a breast cancer survivor and wife of Hal Mumme, head coach of the University of Kentucky football team. The program also includes interviews with other survivors and medical community professionals.

Viewers will have an opportunity to call in their questions to a panel of medical experts including Dr. Rice Leach, Kentucky Commissioner for Public Health; Dr. Rita Munn, oncologist; and Dr. Path McGrath, surgeon. The toll-free phone number for the program is 1-800-944-4664.

The program will be moderated by Dr. Carla Craycraft, a breast cancer survivor and department head of Agricultural Communications Services in the UK College of Ag. Extension homemakers from the Bluegrass area will assist in answering phone lines and relaying questions to the panel.

People seeking additional information on this critical medical issue can call the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER to request information to be mailed directly to their homes. The service also has three centers with bilingual services where Spanish-speaking callers may speak to a cancer information specialist.

During 2000, the Cooperative Extension Service will also work with KET on a broadcast concerning skin cancer. That program is tentatively set for May 30, 2000.



Writer: Mark Eclov (606) 257-7223
Source: Janet Tietyen (606) 257-1812