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Betty Ford Passes Away At 93

July 11, 2011 by  

Betty Ford Passes Away At 93

Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Bloomer Ford, wife of the late President Gerald Ford, passed away on Friday.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you that our beloved mother Betty Ford has passed away at 93 years of age. She died peacefully today at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.,” Ford’s surviving family said in a statement provided on

According to her biography, the Fords married in October 1948 and bore four children. Ford became first lady to the 38th President of the United States in August 1974, after the Watergate scandal caused then-President Richard Nixon to step down.

Ford broke with social norms when she openly discussed her battle with breast cancer, which began in 1974, fostering a public conversation on diagnosis and treatment that had not previously occurred. During her time as first lady, Ford was an outspoken supporter of women’s rights and the Equal Rights Amendment. Never afraid of controversy, Ford later went on 60 Minutes and openly discussed her opinions on abortion rights, pre-marital sex and marijuana use.

It was her own public struggles with and ultimate triumph over substance abuse that led Ford to co-found, with Ambassador Leonard Firestone, the nonprofit Betty Ford Center at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in 1982.

The family’s statement also read: “Mother’s love, candor, devotion, and laughter enriched our lives and the lives of the millions she touched throughout this great nation. To be in her presence was to know the warmth of a truly great lady.”


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    Betty ford was a great and brave lady,she will be sorely missed.She fought breast cancer and won.

    Science News Long-Term Benefits of Breast Screening:
    ScienceDaily (June 28, 2011) — Results from the longest running breast screening trial show that screening with mammography reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer. The study, by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London, shows that the number of deaths that are prevented goes up year after year.

    The results are new evidence of the long-term benefits of regular breast screening.

    Senior author, Professor Stephen Duffy explained: “Breast cancer can take many years to develop so to tell if screening is effective, we need to see how women fair in the long-term.

    “In this study, we’ve continued to monitor women for nearly three decades and we’ve found that the longer we look, the more lives are saved.”

    The study included over 130,000 women and was the first to show that screening, with mammography only, led to fewer deaths from breast cancer. It compared a group of women who were invited for regular mammograms with a group who were not. The women have now been followed up for 29 years to see how many died of the disease.

    The results showed that 30 per cent fewer women in the screening group died of breast cancer and that this effect persisted year after year.

    The study also showed that one cancer death is prevented for approximately every 400 to 500 women in the screening group.

    Professor Duffy added: “This suggests that the long-term benefits of screening, in terms of deaths prevented, are more than double those often quoted for short-term follow-up.

    “Unfortunately, we cannot know for certain who will and who won’t develop breast cancer. But if you take part in screening and you are diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage, the chances that it will be successfully treated are very good.


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