Mayor Designates October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Published on October 8 2012 10:57 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater recently signed a proclamation designating October 2012 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The proclamation states that since October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and approximately 9,090 Illinois women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 according to the American Cancer Society, the Mayor proclaims October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and urges all women to take precautions to prevent breast cancer.

Joining the Mayor as he signed the proclamation were Ruben Boyajian, MD, St. Anthony’s Medical Director of Women’s Wellness and Cancer Care Services; Marilyn Boone, St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Manager; and Shanna Hutchens, RN, Women’s Wellness Nurse Navigator.  St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness and Community Relations departments are leading the hospital’s “Real Men Wear Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign in October.

(SURROUNDING EFFINGHAM MAYOR MERV GILLENWATER; STANDING, LEFT TO RIGHT: ST. ANTHONY'S WOMEN'S WELLNESS CENTER REPRESENTATIVES SHANNA HUTCHENS, NURSE NAVIGATOR, AND MARILYN BOONE, WOMEN'S WELLNESS MANAGER, ALONG WITH DR. RUBEN BOYAJIAN, ST. ANTHONY'S MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S WELLNESS AND CANCER CARE SERVICES)

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women.  Of the 9,090 women in Illinois estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, it is expected that 1,650 women will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.  Research shows that deaths from breast cancer could be reduced if women follow breast cancer screening recommendations, including routine mammography, regular examinations by a physician, and monthly breast self-examinations.  Mammography can identify breast abnormalities that may be cancerous at earlier stages when treatment is more effective and cure more likely.  Numerous studies have shown that early detection increase survival and treatment options.  The five-year survival rate for breast cancers found in the earliest stages is 98 percent.

For more information about mammography or scheduling a mammogram, contact St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness at 217-347-1601.