Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and First Lady Sue Snyder has joined state Rep. Kathy Crawford to present a House Resolution in observance of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.
“Breast cancer awareness is an issue very near and dear to my heart. As a 14-year breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how this disease can affect an individual, their friends and family” Sue Snyder said. “I know that by working together, Michigan will continue to be a leader in breast cancer prevention and treatment.”
In Michigan, it is estimated there will be 8,160 new cases of breast cancer; 1,410 women will die from the disease in 2017. To encourage early diagnosis and reduce health disparities, all women should talk to their physician about their individual risk factors.
Women can limit their risk by incorporating healthy behaviors in their lives and getting regular breast cancer screenings. Healthy behaviors that will help lower a woman’s risk include increasing physical activity, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol use.
“Early detection is critical for survival, and I encourage women to receive regular screenings and become even more educated about this disease,” Sue Snyder said. “Women should talk with their health care provider about healthy lifestyles and breast cancer prevention and screening.”
For more information, call 1-844-I-GOT-SCR (446-8727). For information about free cancer tests, services and healthy lifestyle information, visit www.michigan.gov/cancer.