“Celebrate Your Birthday with a Mammogram” program extended for another year
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher, along with the Kentucky Cancer Program and Health Care Excel, are announcing that the “Celebrate Your Birthday with a Mammogram” program has been extended for another year.
“We are very excited to extend this program. As a nurse, I have seen first hand the many ways cancer impacts lives,” stated the First Lady. “This campaign encourages routine screenings for early detection and will improve the chances for victory against breast cancer, because early screening, detection, and treatment creates breast cancer survivors.”
Special birthday cards from First Lady Glenna Fletcher are mailed to all women ages 65 to 69 to encourage them to obtain their routine mammograms and to make sure they are informed about the Medicare coverage for mammograms.
“We are so pleased to have the First Lady support our birthday campaign,” stated Connie Sorrell, MPH, Director of the Kentucky Cancer Program. “Women across the state are honored to receive a greeting card from Mrs. Fletcher and are responding to the message to get a mammogram.”
“Every woman over the age of 40 should get a mammogram. More than one third of Kentucky women between the ages of 50 and 69 have not received this important screening. Health Care Excel of Kentucky is proud to be a part of the First Lady’s birthday campaign as it enters its second year. It’s evident the campaign can raise awareness and encourage every Kentucky woman to schedule a mammogram this year and every year,” stated John Lewis, MD, MPH, Medical Director from Health Care Excel.
The eighth annual Celebration of Hope for breast cancer survivors will be on May 2, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. Over 2,000 breast cancer survivors from across our commonwealth are invited to this special event.
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Kentucky’s women with an estimated 3,200 new cases diagnosed this year. Almost half the women in Kentucky diagnosed with breast cancer are age 65 or over. This campaign is intended to increase awareness of the importance of screening mammograms among this target population and to encourage women to take advantage of this benefit available through Medicare.