Monday, September 29, 2014
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom joined officials across the country in proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Council Meeting. Throughout the month of October, the nation recognizes women who are battling and who have battled breast cancer, while raising awareness of the disease.
Additionally, October is an opportunity to advocate for early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States except for lung cancer. More than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer will occur in 2014 alone.
Numerous studies have shown that early detection increases survival and treatment options. October serves as a reminder to men and women to perform regular self-examinations and to educate men and women to learn more about preventive measures for this disease. “Many of us know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer,” said Parish President Robottom. “Don’t wait, take the time to conduct self-examinations and schedule a mammogram if necessary.”
In showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. John the Baptist Parish will place pink bows on the trees outside the Percy Hebert Building and the Edgard Courthouse. President Robottom encourages employees to wear pink on Fridays during the month of October. Learn more about the causes of breast cancer, preventive measures, screening, and treatment at www.cancer.org.