The statewide mammography campaign is designed to increase breast cancer screening among Kentucky women age 65 and over.
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher sends a special birthday wish to women 65 and over, “ Celebrate your birthday with a mammogram. It’s a gift that may save your life.” Birthday cards from the First Lady will be mailed to all women ages 65 to 69 during the one year campaign.
The Kentucky Cancer Program, HealthCare Excel and the Office of the First Lady are the statewide sponsors. The KCP will be coordinating birthday parties in local communities to encourage women to get mammograms and to educate community leaders about the breast cancer problem among this age group.
Half of the women in Kentucky diagnosed with breast cancer are age 65 or over. Many women in this age group are not getting annual mammograms. “As a former nurse, I have seen first hand the many ways cancer impacts lives,” the First Lady said. “This initiative to encourage better screening for early detection will improve our chances for victory against breast cancer as early screening, detection, and treatment creates breast cancer survivors.”
Mrs. Fletcher is special advisor to the Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative. The primary mission of Get Healthy Kentucky! is to assess health problems plaguing our state and then create a plan of action for improvement.
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Kentucky. There are about 3,000 new cases of breast cancer in the Commonwealth each year, and about 600 Kentucky women die each year from the disease. Early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer can significantly reduce the suffering and death caused by this disease.