First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 01, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Sarah Baird

Breast Cancer Press ConferenceFRANKFORT, Ky. – Standing in front of the Floral Clock of the Capitol campus, First Lady Jane Beshear today presented Frankfort breast cancer survivors with a proclamation in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Every day, a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, or best friend will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Mrs. Beshear said.  “Many former First Ladies championed the fight against this terrible disease.  I’m happy to continue the legacy left by those amazing women.”

Last year, Mrs. Beshear announced “Horses and Hope,” a program combining her love of horses with her passion to bring awareness to and prevention of breast cancer.

The Office of the First Lady has partnered with the Kentucky Cancer Program and racetracks across the state to host Breast Cancer Race Days.  At the tracks, breast cancer awareness, education and screening is provided to track workers and their families, placing special emphasis on the uninsured and underinsured.  Turfway Park and Ellis Park have already hosted their second race days this year, both were a success. “Horses and Hope” Breast Cancer Race Days will also be held on October 29th at Keeneland and November 15th at Churchill Downs.

“Early detection of breast cancer can save lives and medical experts stress that every woman over 40 should have a yearly mammogram,” said Mrs. Beshear.  To encourage women to be screened for breast cancer, the First Lady’s Office sends a special birthday card to every woman in the state upon turning 60 reminding them to have a mammogram.  This year, the birthday cards were updated to reflect Mrs. Beshear’s involvement with the Horses and Hope program.

In addition to Horses and Hope, the First Lady also proudly carries on a tradition of former First Ladies naming Thursday “Wear Pink to Work Day” for state employees.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Kentucky’s women.  According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry, an average of 2,700 new cases of breast cancer is diagnosed in Kentucky women each year.  Over the last five years, an average of nearly 600 Kentucky women has died each year from breast cancer.