First Lady Sue Snyder recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

First Lady

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and First Lady Sue Snyder is highlighting the importance of early detection while encouraging women to receive yearly screenings for breast cancer.  

Today the first lady joined Metro Elevator Co. Inc. in commemorating the completion of their fourth “Ride the Pink Elevator” campaign in Michigan, which raises funds and awareness for breast cancer programs and services nationally and in counties across Michigan. Donations to the campaign made by companies and the community reached $15,235 in funds for Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® and Susan G. Komen®.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I was fortunate to have discovered my cancer early, and I cannot stress enough the importance of yearly mammograms and appropriate screenings,” Sue Snyder said. “Early detection is critical for survival, and I encourage women to receive regular screenings and become even more educated about this disease.”  

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Michigan women. In 2016, it is estimated that there will be 8,150 new cases of breast cancer and that 1,410 women will die from the disease.

Early detection of breast cancer increases the effectiveness of available treatments and the overall chance of survival. Women aged 40 years and older should discuss their risk for breast cancer with their health care provider and receive regular mammograms. 

If someone you know needs help with breast cancer information and screening, call 1-844-I-GOT-SCR (446-8727) for more information.

Click here to read the official proclamation: http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_59874_75291-394744--,00.html

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