Women rally for breast cancer screening funds

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 100 women mostly dressed in pink have rallied in front of the Alabama Statehouse to urge legislators to fully fund a program that screens low-income women for breast and cervical cancer.

Wearing pink dresses, pink hats, pink shoes and waving pink fans, the women listened to speeches from women who have survived breast cancer because they were diagnosed early.

The few men in the crowd wore pink ties.

The $400,000 the program needs is not earmarked in Gov. Bob Riley's proposed budget for the State Health Department.

State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, who survived breast cancer, told those at the rally that early detection is often the difference between life and death for cancer patients.

McClurkin is a Republican from Pelham.

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