St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States and the second leading cause of death in women, after lung cancer. Parish President Natalie Robottom is joining officials throughout the country in proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, 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. 

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages. Detecting cancer earlier is a major reason for the decrease in death rates attributed to cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder to men and women to perform regular self-examinations and to provide information about preventive measures for this disease.

“Although our focus remains on recovering from Hurricane Isaac, we cannot forget about this very important health issue and its impact on our lives. During the month of October, we join the nation in raising awareness about breast cancer and its risks to men and women. Please take advantage of the information available and be proactive with your health.  Make it a point to conduct monthly self-examinations and have annual check-ups,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

In support of breast cancer awareness month, the St. John the Baptist Parish Young Marines will place pink ribbons around trees at the Percy Hebert Building, the Edgard Courthouse and throughout the parish.  All employees, residents and businesses are  encouraged to join the parish in this awareness campaign by wearing pink throughout the month of October.

Learn more about the causes of breast cancer, preventive measures, screening, and treatment at www.cancer.org.

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