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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Effective Date: Monday, October 1st, 2012

WHEREAS, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer for women in the United States, expected to be detected in 226,870 American women in 2012; and

WHEREAS, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among American women. It is projected that it will claim 39,510 women in the United States in 2012; and

WHEREAS, although men are not as susceptible to developing this form of cancer as women, 2,190 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. While survival rates for men and women with breast cancer are similar at parallel stages, men report symptoms less frequently, and are therefore at a greater risk of developing an advanced case of breast cancer before detection; and

WHEREAS, on average, 62 women are lost to breast cancer in Alaska annually. Sadly, our state has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the nation; and

WHEREAS, early detection is important to ensure the most effective diagnosis and treatment possible. Alaskans needing breast cancer screening but facing financial challenges may be eligible for assistance through the State of Alaska’s Breast and Cervical Health Check Program; and

WHEREAS, researchers, scientists, numerous nonprofit organizations, and breast cancer survivors

are dedicated to discovering the cure for breast cancer. During the month of October, we acknowledge the extraordinary commitment and effort invested in this cause, and support those who are working towards a cure; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the breast cancer survivors among us and honor their faith and courage. Over two and a half million American breast cancer survivors today give us hope of a better future for those affected by breast cancer.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim October 2012 as:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

in Alaska, and urge all Alaskans to learn the facts about breast cancer, invest in a healthy future by exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol use, and obtain regular breast cancer screenings.

Dated: September 11, 2012

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