Proos co-sponsors resolution proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution co-sponsored by Sen. John Proos designating October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.

“Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths among Michigan women,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “It is a somber reality that too often hits home. Nearly every family, including my own, has been impacted by this terrible disease.”

Senate Resolution 100, sponsored by Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, urges all Michigan women to use this month as an opportunity to educate themselves about breast cancer, take proactive steps to reduce their risk and get appropriate screenings.

“Early detection of breast cancer is critical to improving the chance of survival, yet a low percentage of women ages 40 and older get annual mammograms,” Proos said. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers us a chance to boost the number of women who take the life-saving step of getting a mammogram. I encourage all eligible uninsured women to take advantage of an excellent program right here in Southwest Michigan that provides free screenings.”

The Pink Saturdays Breast Cancer Screenings program is now the Southwest Michigan Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP) and continues to provide cancer screening and diagnostic services as it has for 22 years. Through 2014, the program has screened more than 9,800 Southwest Michigan women.

To be eligible for a free screening, a woman must be uninsured, be age 40 to 64 and meet certain income guidelines.

To locate a participating clinic in Southwest Michigan or for more information about the program, residents can call BCCCNP at 269-373-5213 or toll-free at 1-888-243-4087. Details are also available at www.kalcounty.com/hcs/bcccnp.

“As we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let us support those who have fought — and are currently fighting — this terrible disease and remember those we have lost,” Proos said.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos will be available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.