Secretary of State Elaine Walker diagnosed with breast cancer

10/12/2011 04:32 PM

Secretary of State Elaine Walker said she has been diagnosed with breast cancer but doctors caught it early enough that “the prognosis is excellent.”

Walker announced the diagnosis Wednesday morning, as Phillip Bailey of WPFL first reported.

Walker was diagnosed after a routine check-up last week and plans to make decisions about her treatment going forward, according to a statement from her office.

“Last week, as a result of a routine mammogram and follow-up tests, I learned that I am one of nearly 3,000 women and men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Kentucky this year,” Walker said in the statement. “It is now part of my life and my family’s lives even though, like so many people, there is no family history. The good new is that it appears that because of the early diagnosis and nature of the tumor, the prognosis is excellent.”

Walker is scheduled to end her term as Secretary of State at the end of the year.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Walker, a Democrat and the former mayor of Bowling Green, in January to replace departed Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who took a job at Harvard University.

Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear issued a statement saying “it’s a testament to Elaine Walker’s character that shortly after her diagnosis of breast cancer, she has publicly announced her health status and is urging more Kentucky women to be screened for this disease.”


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