I am greatly disturbed to learn the Department of Health and Hospitals plans to cut funding for cancer testing through the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program, and to cut breast and cervical cancer treatment through Medicaid.
Recent cuts to Louisiana’s state budget could increase the number of women who suffer and die from breast and cervical cancer ... women such as me.
As a young breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed and treated through the Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program, I know firsthand the importance of continued funding. From diagnosis to surgery to physical therapy to chemotherapy to reconstruction, the LBCHP assisted me in every step of the most difficult journey of my life. I cringe to think where I would be today, or even if I would be here today, without this important program.
On behalf of myself and women like me — past, present and future — please do not allow our lawmakers to balance the budget by putting women’s lives at risk. I am asking you and your readers to call your House and Senate members today and tell them to fully restore the state budget.
Kari deSha Millet
small business owner