First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communication Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness At Birthday Party

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 08, 2005  
Contact Information:  Dottie Persinger

Celebrate Your Birthday with a Mammogram

FRANKFORT, Ky.:  First Lady Glenna Fletcher spoke today at a birthday party in Corbin, KY to promote the “Celebrate Your Birthday with a Mammogram” program. The event today was sponsored by the Kentucky Cancer Program and the Tri-County Breast Cancer Coalition.

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.

 “I have received many letters and cards from women across the Commonwealth, thanking me for reminding them to get their mammogram,” Mrs. Fletcher said. “It’s evident this campaign is raising awareness among Kentucky women and encouraging them to schedule a mammogram this year and every year.”

More than one third of Kentucky women between the ages of 50 and 69 have not received this important screening.

“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.”

Mrs. Fletcher along with the Kentucky Cancer Program and Health Care Excel started Celebrate Your Birthday with a Mammogram last year. 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. The program has been extended into its second year. 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.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher is committed to working with the issues she feels will make a difference in the lives of Kentucky families. The health of Kentuckians and the education of our children are two of her primary focuses. Get Healthy Kentucky!, Read to Achieve, Go Red for Women, and the Celebrate Your Birthday with a Mammogram are just a few of many initiatives the First Lady supports. Join her to work together to make Kentucky a better place to live and raise a family—to improve literacy rates, our health statistics and continue our rich heritage for future generations of Kentuckians. For more information about the First Lady and the programs she supports, visit her web site at