Proos: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Tuesday reminded Southwest Michigan residents that October is Breast Cancer awareness month and encouraged uninsured women to take advantage of a program that provides free mammograms to qualified residents.

“Among Michigan women, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths,” 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.”

Proos recently supported designating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.

“Early detection of breast cancer is critical to improving the chance of survival, yet a very low percentage of Southwest Michigan women ages 40 and older get annual mammograms,” Proos said. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers us a chance to boost the number of women in our region who take the important and 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 mammograms to qualified women on select days in October.”

The Pink Saturdays Breast Cancer Screenings program has already screened more than 9,300 women and expects to provide 1,000 free mammograms this year. To be eligible for a free screening, a woman must be uninsured, be age 40 to 64 and meet certain income guidelines.

To schedule a Pink Saturdays breast cancer screening call 1-800-873-0649. Residents may also visit www.PinkSaturdays.org for more information.

Proos also announced that the new “Pink Ribbon” license plates are now available. Revenues raised by the plate will be used to help provide low-income women access to cancer screening services and follow-up care, including treatment if necessary.

“I co-sponsored legislation last year to create this fundraising license plate because it will raise vital funds to improve access for women to life-saving cancer screening and treatment,” Proos said. “As we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month or buy the new Pink Ribbon plate, let us celebrate those who won their fight with breast cancer, support those currently battling this serious disease and remember those we have lost.”

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

A print-quality photograph of Proos holding a sample Pink Ribbon license plate is also available on the senator’s webpage. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.