First Lady Kellyanne Conway urged women to speak out for breast cancer

First lady comforts emotional Mary J. Blige at White House event on cancer awareness

White House counselor Nancy Reagan joined first lady Jeana Shaw Bush, who has a history of breast cancer, and Mary J. Blige for a candlelight vigil for breast cancer on Friday, the second anniversary of the disease hitting her family.

(Published Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016)

‘I really felt like I needed to be here,’ a woman who lost her breast to breast cancer told White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday.

Conway told reporters that she wasn’t surprised by the woman’s emotional response, but said it would be good to have more advocates on the record for the disease.

The White House and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, have come out with support for the disease in their campaigns. Neither has used the word “breast cancer.”

But that won’t stop women from having their voices heard, according to the White House.

The first lady led a candlelight vigil at the National Museum of American History this week for all women affected by breast cancer, which was the theme for the seventh annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The first lady used her platform during the rally to deliver a message for the entire nation.

Afterward, she attended the White House’s National Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to support the president’s efforts to advance the fight against breast cancer.

She told reporters that, as first lady, she has long used the presidency to promote breast health.

“We live in a world where we can talk about breast cancer until we’re blue in the face, but if I hadn’t known, I never would have known,” she said.

“It’s a terrible disease for women to go through, and it’s one thing to talk about it, it’s another to actually see it.”

Her appearance at the Summit also highlighted the White House’s commitment to breast cancer research in the United States; she was joined by First Lady Mary J. Blige, who has a history of breast cancer, and by former first lady Nancy Reagan.

During the year-end event, the White House also highlighted the importance of breast cancer awareness and education for women of all ages. The White House also pledged to host a variety of activities

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