Breast Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and thousands of men annually; and

WHEREAS, breast cancer is typically detected either during a screening examination, before symptoms have developed, or after symptoms have developed when a man or woman feels a lump; and

WHEREAS, breast cancer is about 100 times more common in women than men, and women are at increased risk as they get older; and

WHEREAS, breast cancer is often hereditary, and individuals whose family history puts them at increased risk for breast cancer should discuss with their doctor or qualified health professional the proper prevention and early diagnosis strategies; and

WHEREAS, since the early 1990’s, the pink ribbon, handed out and spread by the Susan G. Komen Foundation has been the symbol for the fight against breast cancer; and

WHEREAS, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to increase awareness of the disease and to encourage individuals to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by childhood cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of all forms of breast cancer continues to be vigorously supported;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2014 as BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.