Proos highlights Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos has released a video encouraging Southwest Michigan women to get a mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Among Michigan women, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “It is a somber reality that too often hits home. Nearly every family has been impacted by cancer, including my own. My mom and sister are both breast cancer survivors.”

Roughly one of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. In the U.S. more than 240,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

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

“I encourage all Southwest Michigan women to get screened. It could just save your life.”


Editor’s note: To view Proos’ video, click on the image above or visit