Baton Rouge, LA (June 8, 2011) – The Louisiana Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will hold a rally and news conference at the Louisiana State Capitol Building at 11:00 am on June 15, to mark Susan G. Komen’s annual Capitol Day and to highlight the Affiliates’ support for the state breast cancer screening program. Breast cancer survivors, co-survivors, advocates and supporters from across Louisiana will gather to highlight:
1. The fact that more women die from breast cancer in Louisiana than anywhere else in the nation;
2. The importance of early detection through education, screening and mammography for increasing women’s chance of surviving the disease; and
3. How state legislators can join the fight against breast cancer by supporting level funding in the coming fiscal year for the Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program (LBCHP), the state breast cancer screening program that thousands of low-income women rely upon for life-saving early detection services.
LBCHP is a program funded jointly by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the state of Louisiana, via funding provided in the state budget to the LSU Heath Care Services Division (LSU HCSD). The program provides critical screening services to un- and underinsured women in the state, having served 13,000 women in FY 2010 alone.
DATE: June 15, 2011
WHAT: Rally and News Conference in Support of Early Detection and the
Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program
WHEN: Wednesday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Steps of the Louisiana State Capitol