On September 30, 2021 President Joe Biden proclaimed October 2021 as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Honoring the courageous women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and those who have lost their battle. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime with over 281K women diagnosed in the United States during 2021. As we continue fighting for a cure, it's important every American has access to quality care when it comes to prevention, early detection and treatment.
This year, of 2021, is the 30th Anniversary of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program providing free breast and cervical cancer screenings to the uninsured, under-insured and low-income. COVID-19 has created a new deficit when it comes to breast cancer early detection. There is a renewed urgency to get screenings scheduled before cancer has time to spread and becomes less treatable. Find the entire proclamation here.
First lady Jill Biden is an advocate for breast health, and helping with the progress in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection is an important part of breast health. Go Pink ATX! Think Pink!