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Friday, October 2, 2015

Senator Wil Schroder on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sen. Wil Schroder. Provided. 
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a great opportunity for us to recognize the brave women among us who have fought and are fighting this terrible disease. Although we have seen a decline in the amount of victims who have lost their lives to breast cancer since this awareness program began in 1985, it is projected that more than 40,000 American women will lose their fight to breast cancer in 2015.

Breast cancer is also the seventh leading cause of death in women in Kentucky.  When I was eight-years-old, I lost the most important woman in my life at the time, my mother, to breast cancer. So I definitely encourage all those who have not gotten screened for breast cancer to please consider doing so.  If not for your own personal health, do it for your loved ones’ peace of mind.

Just last year, the St. Elizabeth Breast Center received a national accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for the quality of care provided to its patients in Northern Kentucky. You can schedule a mammogram at one of the St. Elizabeth locations by calling (859) 655-7400.

Breast cancer and cancer in general are horrible forms of disease that we continue to fight each day. I was proud to support a bill this past session that provided funding for the new Markey Cancer Research Center on the University of Kentucky campus. This is just one more step that I felt we could take on our way to creating a healthier Kentucky.

As your State Senator, I will continue to help build awareness for those fighting against breast cancer. I ask that you stand with me in any way possible to help raise awareness, educate and support research until the one day when we do in fact find a cure.

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Senator Wil Schroder represents District 24 comprised of Bracken, Campbell, and Pendleton Counties. Sen. Schroder is Chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice & Judiciary, and is also the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and is a member of Appropriations & Revenue as well as Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor Committees.

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