Governor Hogan Declares October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer month istockMaryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued a statewide proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland.

“Breast cancer poses a threat to women of all ages and backgrounds, and in many cases early detection and action leads to more effective and successful treatment,” said Hogan. “By raising awareness, we can increase screening rates and help people better understand, prevent, detect, and treat this terrible disease. We encourage all Marylanders to take necessary steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or detect the disease in its early stages, and to encourage their friends, family, and loved ones to do the same.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, following skin cancer.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maryland health officials are recommending that women be screened regularly for breast cancer.

Women are encouraged to talk with their health care providers about the screening tests and other preventative care measures that are recommended for their age and risk factors. While breast cancer is less common in males, those with family histories of the disease are urged to share that history with their health care providers to determine if screening is needed.

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