Gov. Quinn proclaims Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Illinois
screenings for nearly 38,000 women in Illinois this fiscal year
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[October 04, 2012]
CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn
declared October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Illinois to
educate residents about breast cancer and to underscore the
importance of early detection through monthly breast self-exams and
The Illinois State Cancer Registry projects that 9,400 women in
Illinois will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 1,890
will lose their lives to breast cancer in 2012.
early detection of breast cancer gives us the best chance to fight
this disease that has devastated the lives of so many women and
their families," Quinn said. "Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a
perfect time to encourage the women in our lives to pay attention to
their health and receive lifesaving screenings."
"Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and
is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for women," said
Illinois Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck. "We urge women
during October and beyond to be proactive in taking steps to lower
their risk of breast cancer."
Symptoms may include:
New lump in the
breast or underarm (armpit).
swelling of part of the breast.
other than breast milk, including blood.
Any change in the
size or the shape of the breast.
Pain in any area of the breast.
Ways to lower the risk of breast
and control your weight.
Know your family
history of breast cancer.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides free
breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap tests to uninsured
women. The program has provided nearly 38,000 women with free breast
screenings in the past fiscal year alone.
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Additionally, the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure scratch-off
lottery ticket has raised more than $8.5 million for breast cancer
research and education in Illinois since 2006. The money has been
awarded in grants administered through the Illinois Department of
Public Health to community organizations and research institutions.
For more information on breast cancer, visit the Illinois
Department of Public Health website at
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