WHEREAS, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer; and
WHEREAS, breast cancer is about 100 times more common in women than men, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, and diagnoses increase as patients get older; and
WHEREAS, doctors estimate that about five to ten percent of breast cancers are hereditary, and individuals whose family history puts them at increased risk for breast cancer should discuss with their doctor or qualified health professional the proper prevention and early diagnosis strategies; and
WHEREAS, since early diagnosis strategies have been introduced, the five year survival rate for a breast cancer patient has greatly increased, now at 89.7 percent; and
WHEREAS, Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as an opportunity to increase awareness of the disease and to encourage individuals to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages; and
WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by breast cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of all forms of breast cancer continues to be vigorously supported;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2018 as BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.