POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 3:43pm
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Louisiana’s state capitol building was pretty in pink Wednesday, a move to remind lawmakers not to cut funding for cancer screening and education.
Advocates, survivors and volunteers joined the Susan G. Komen Foundation to rally on the capitol steps. The want to protect the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program, which provides screens low-income women for cancer.
Baton Rouge mother of two, Bridgette Denicola knows the importance of catching cancer early. She says a self-breast exam saved her life, and caught her stage-three breast cancer just in time. Just two-weeks shy of the anniversary of her diagnosis, Denicola is cancer free, and she is using her experience to motivate more women to check for cancer early and often. At the capitol today, Denicola said she’s standing up for women who think they might not be at risk.
"There is no genetic history in my family, so it’s important for my daughter who is 11 years old, and as well as the other women that is out there, early detection is very important."
According to the Komen Foundation, Louisiana has the highest rate of breast cancer deaths in the nation.