Governor encourages regular screenings during breast cancer month kickoff

Gov. Gary R. Herbert declared October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Utah during a special ceremony that included breast cancer survivors, patients and community partners on Friday.

“We are here today because there isn’t a person in Utah who hasn’t been affected by breast cancer in one way or another,” Gov. Herbert said. “We extend our heartfelt support to those who are working to end cancer, those who are fighting it, and those who have lost loved ones to this terrible disease.”

In his remarks, the governor encouraged women who are 40 years or older to do as experts have advised and get regular screenings every two years, citing research that early detection can save lives. In 2014, only 65 percent of Utah women who should have received a mammogram actually had one.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States and one out of every eight women will get breast cancer, according to the Utah Department of Health. Fortunately, the state has many community partners who are actively working to find a cure and providing programs and services for individuals with cancer.

Click here to view a copy of the declaration.

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