October 2012: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society estimates that 226,870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 39,510 women will die of breast cancer in the United States in 2012; and,


WHEREAS, among Michigan women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, with an estimated 7,710 women to be diagnosed in 2012; and,


WHEREAS, early detection is key to survival; with regular screening, breast cancer is more likely to be detected at an earlier stage, when it is most treatable; and,  

WHEREAS, the Michigan Cancer Consortium, Michigan Department of Community Health, American Cancer Society, and the American Medical Association recommend:


  • Women age 20 and older have a clinical breast exam performed by a health care provider every three years.
  • Women age 40 and older have a screening mammogram and clinical breast exam every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with numerous organizations, agencies and health professionals throughout the Great Lakes State to raise awareness of breast cancer in Michigan; we encourage citizens to learn more about breast cancer, proper breast health and their family health history, and to discuss this with their health care provider;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2012 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.