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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 25, 2008

Council resolution highlights breast cancer awareness month

City Councilwoman Cathy Jolly, 6th District at large, will introduce a resolution at today’s City Council legislative session to recognize October as national breast cancer awareness month. Mayor Mark Funkhouser and the other members of the council are co-sponsoring the resolution. The legislative session is at 3 p.m. on the 26th floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.

“Breast cancer awareness month is a great opportunity to stress early detection and inform the public about the pervasiveness of the disease, but it’s equally as critical to emphasize the need to push for and fund research year round,” said Jolly, who is a cancer survivor.

The resolution remarks on the vastness of those affected and the importance of screening to identify the disease in its early stages.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over their lifetime, and the odds of beating the disease improve significantly if treatments start early,” Jolly said. “Regardless of your family’s cancer history, simple self-examinations and regular mammograms are essential and can save lives.”

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American women. In 2008, an estimated 182,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. There are approximately 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the nation.

Although the breast cancer rate is significantly lower in men, they also should be aware of breast cancer and its warning signs.

Media inquiries should be directed to Dyanne Bean, aide to Councilwoman Jolly at (816) 513-1602.

    
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