Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Parish President Natalie Robottom joined officials throughout the country in proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, the nation recognizes women who are battling and who have battled breast cancer as well as raising awareness of the disease for both men and women.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and the second leading cause of death in women, after lung cancer. The importance of detecting cancer earlier is a major reason for the decrease in death rates. During October, the nation recognizes breast cancer 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 organizations make an effort during October to raise awareness and educate men and women. Take advantage of the information available. Be proactive and make it a point to conduct monthly self-examinations and annual check-ups if necessary,” indicated Parish President Natalie Robottom.
In showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. John the Baptist Parish has placed pink bows on the trees outside the Percy Hebert Building and the Edgard Courthouse. Parish employees are also wearing pink bracelets throughout the month of October to show their support.
“We are encouraging all residents and businesses to wear pink or show their support by placing bows, ribbons, or wreaths, outside their buildings or offices in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” stated Robottom.
Learn more about the causes of breast cancer, preventive measures, screening, and treatment at www.cancer.org.