Breast cancer survivors gather from around the state to celebrate survivorship
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher was guest speaker Tuesday evening at the Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration in Jeffersonville, IN. The celebration was a birthday party in honor of breast cancer survivors from across the state of Kentucky.
Mrs. Fletcher spoke about the “Celebrate your birthday with a mammogram” campaign. This campaign encourages women 65 and older to obtain routine breast cancer screenings to include mammography and appropriate examinations by sending them a birthday card as a reminder. Mrs. Fletcher encouraged each woman who attended to send a birthday card to someone they knew—age 65 or older, with a note reminding them to schedule an appointment for their mammogram.
“We know that early detection of breast cancer improves treatment options, the chances of successful treatment and survival,” the First Lady said. “The women here tonight are living proof that early detection and treatment creates breast cancer survivors.”
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Kentucky. There are about 3,000 new cases of breast cancer each year in the Commonwealth and about 600 Kentucky women die each year from this devastating disease.
This party was the first of many to be held in various locations across Kentucky. The campaign started mailing birthday card reminders in July, 2004, to women, age 65 and older, in Kentucky and will continue for one year. This campaign is supported by the Kentucky Cancer Program, HealthCare Excel and the Office of the First Lady.