One out of eight women will get breast cancer. Governor Blunt has officially recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Missouri to bring attention to the disease. Nearly 4,000 Missouri women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Twenty percent of them die from the disease. First Lady Melanie Blunt lost her mother to breast cancer.
"Whether you’re a survivor, a family member or a volunteer thank you for your role to help find a cure for breast cancer," she said. "Because of your efforts breast cancer is being detected earlier, treatment is starting sooner and the rate of survival is increasing."
Governor and Mrs. Blunt presented $40,000 to the Show-Me Healthy Women Program on behalf of the Friends of the Missouri Women’s Council . The money came from the pink license plate campaign. The plates serve as a reminder to women across the state to get a mamogram, said Chair Sandy Jones.
The $40,000 will provide free screenings for uninsured women in the state.
"The bottom line is we just want to save women’s lives," Jones said. "We want them to know that there’s always hope. The big key is get an examination and be aware of your own physical condition and make sure your doctor understands what your needs are."