POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:34pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Susan G. Komen Representatives from across Louisiana came together at the State Capitol to encourage lawmakers to support a state Breast Cancer Screening Program.
Komen officals say funding for the louisiana breast and cervical health program is in danger of getting cut.
That program offers breast cancer screening and other preventive measures for low income and uninsured women.
Volunteers and survivors brought a petition before state lawmakers today to help protect the program's funding.
Louisiana ranks second in the number of breast cancer deaths in the nation. There's an estimated 3,300 women diagnosed in Louisiana with breast cancer each year according to the Komen organization.
"You may have insurance today, and you're doing fine, but I want you to know one thing, Breast Cancer does not discriminate. Men, what about your daughters, your wives, your nieces, your cousins, the lady down the street, you just don't know," said Annie Staten, a Komen Volunteer, and 25-year survivor.