One of the most common cancers for women is breast cancer, and much of the credit for the awareness goes to the late President Ford's wife, Betty.
She made some unparalleled and sometimes groundbreaking contributions of her own during and after his presidency.
She was very open when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and her openness helped millions of others realize the importance of awareness and testing.
Her public battles with addictions to painkillers and alcohol also were unprecedented and helped many others.
"To admit it, admit it publicly, and in many ways hold your own recovery out to the public to be able to view, was an incredible act of courage that Mrs. Ford took because she truly cared about this disease," says Doug Tieman with Caron Treatment Centers.
"Why should my husband's job or yours prevent us from being ourselves,” Betty Ford once asked.
That struggle is what led her to help found the national addiction center called The Betty Ford Center in 1982.