St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 09, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom and the Parish Council will join officials across the country in proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Council Meeting. Throughout the month of October, the nation recognizes thousands of women who have fought and are fighting Breast Cancer while increasing awareness to the importance of testing for early detection. 

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among women in the United States.  Although one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, millions of women are surviving the disease due in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.

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 learn more about preventive measures for this disease. “We are all connected to someone who has been impacted by breast cancer,” said Parish President Robottom. “This month provides the opportunity to help educate the community about ealry detection and treatment options available for breast cancer,” she added.

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 to remind staff and visitors of the importance of taking care of our health. Learn more about the causes of breast cancer, preventive measures, screening, and treatment options at