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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 21, 2021 11:54 AM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione and Sen. Kim L. Ward
To: All Senate members
Subject: Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day 2021
In the near future, we intend to introduce a resolution designating October 2021 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 15, 2021, as National Mammography Day in Pennsylvania.
Breast cancer affects all individuals across this state and nation. It is a disease of personal significance to us, as it has directly impacted our families. Not only is it the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States -- one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime -- but also, it affects some men. In fact, one out of every hundred patients diagnosed with breast cancer is male.
While these statistics seem grim, nearly all types of breast cancer can be overcome successfully if they are found and treated promptly. When diagnosed at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate for this disease is 99%. Unfortunately, men are typically diagnosed at a late stage due to a lack of awareness about breast cancer’s impact on the male population.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton established the third Friday of October as “National Mammography Day” to encourage women, particularly those in high risk groups, to make a mammography appointment during the month of October. It was the final touch to making the entire month of October a reminder that every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
To help raise awareness of this disease and the importance of early diagnosis in combating it, please join us in marking October 2021 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 15, 2021, as National Mammography Day in Pennsylvania.