BATON ROUGE, LA — For the sixth consecutive year, First Lady Supriya Jindal announced today that the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion will be lit pink until Thursday, October 17 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
First Lady Supriya Jindal said, “Breast cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries and impacts too many of Louisiana’s mothers, sisters, loved ones and friends. By lighting the Mansion pink, it’s my hope that it serves as a reminder to all to take the steps necessary to detect breast cancer early.”
“Breast cancer is a disease that affects families across Louisiana, and recent statistics show that more women in the state are fighting breast cancer and surviving,” said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. “However, our breast cancer death rate remains higher than the national average. It is important that we encourage our female friends, co-workers, and family members to schedule a mammogram today because early detection and screening are imperative in the effort to decrease this rate.”
Nationwide, an estimated 232,340 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually. In Louisiana, 3,630 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 650 will die from breast cancer in 2013. Thankfully, with screenings and early detection, women have a 90 percent chance of surviving passed the five-year mark compared to 24% for late stage disease.
According the American Cancer Society (ACS), women over 40 years old are encouraged to receive regular breast cancer screenings, including a mammogram, every year. The ACS recommends women in between the ages of 20 and 39 receive a clinical breast exam every three years.
The Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program provides quality, no-cost, breast and cervical cancer early detection services to un- or under-insured, low and moderate-income women aged 40 or over. Special emphasis is given to reaching women who rarely or never receive screening services. LBCHP's goal is to prevent unnecessary disease, disability or premature death due to cancer of the breast and cervix in Louisiana women. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-599-1073.