by Reza Corinne Clifton
President Obama proclaims October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local communities respond.
PROVIDENCE, RI – On September 30, 2009, the White House Office of the Press Secretary issued a press release detailing a proclamation by President Barack Obama: October 2009 is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the statement, the president cited projections that “[i]n 2009, more than 190,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 women are expected to die from this disease. It is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States.”
He went on to cite other facts about the disease, specifically detailing disparities and new trends being observed. “White women have the highest breast cancer incidence rates,” he noted, but “African American women have higher mortality rates than other racial or ethnic groups in the United States. There is also evidence lesbian women are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer than heterosexual women.” To read the entire release and proclamation, click here.
Here at UrbanHealthWatch.net, we want to applaud all the individuals, families, and teams that participated in the ACS (American Cancer Society) 2009 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this past Sunday, October 25 in Providence, RI’s Roger Williams Park. According to the ACS website, 12,000 walkers participated, and $900,000 was raised. While both numbers register at lower than last year’s, the walk in Providence, RI is 1 of 21 such events ACS reports is happening in New England in October. To learn more about the walk, click here.
For more about breast cancer scroll down or read the Urban Health Watch post, Breast Cancer Resources and Facts from National Cancer Institute.