Secretary of State Elaine Walker finishes radiation treatment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker has completed radiation treatment for breast cancer and says she is cancer-free as she is about to begin her new post in the Department of Parks.

Walker was diagnosed in October after a routine mammogram. Her office says she underwent surgery, followed by twice-daily radiation treatments for five consecutive days.

Walker said in a statement that early detection and getting a second opinion were key in deciding her treatment and encouraged others to learn about their options.

The 60-year-old former Bowling Green mayor who was appointed secretary of state this year lost her bid for a full term in the May primary election. Gov. Steve Beshear appointed her to be parks commissioner this month, and she begins Jan. 2.

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