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La. Governor's Mansion goes pink

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BATON ROUGE, LA. (KALB News Channel 5) – First Lady Jindal announces Governor's Mansion is going pink.

For the sixth consecutive year, First Lady Supriya Jindal announced on October 14, that the Louisiana Governor's Mansion will be lit pink the nights of October 14-17 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Breast cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries and impacts too many of Louisiana's mothers, sisters, loved ones and friends," First Lady Supriya Jindal said. "By lighting the Mansion pink, it's my hope that it serves as a reminder to all to take the steps necessary to detect breast cancer early."

"Breast cancer is a disease that affects families across Louisiana, and recent statistics show that more women in the state are fighting breast cancer and surviving," said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. "However, our breast cancer death rate remains higher than the national average. It is important that we encourage our female friends, co-workers and family members to schedule a mammogram today because early detection and screening are imperative in the effort to decrease this rate."  

According the American Cancer Society, an estimated 232,340 women nationwide will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually. In Louisiana, 3,630 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 650 will die from breast cancer in 2013. With screenings and early detection, women have a 90% chance of surviving passed the five-year mark compared to 24% for late stage disease.

According to the ACS, women over 40 years old are encouraged to receive regular breast cancer screenings, including a mammogram, every year. The ACS recommends women in between the ages of 20 and 39 receive a clinical breast exam every three years.

For additional information on breast cancer and the screenings available throughout Louisiana, visit the American Cancer Society's website, LBCHP's website and/or and their local affiliate's websites:

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