Left to right: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Jennings, Cancer Program Specialist Jill Navarro, Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker; Women and Children’s Services Manager Marilyn Boone, Medical Director of Women’s Wellness and Cancer Care Services Dr. Ruben Boyajian, and Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Sager.
Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker recently signed a proclamation designating October 2015 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The proclamation states that since October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and approximately 9,570 Illinois women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 according to the American Cancer Society, the Mayor proclaims October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and urges all women to take precautions to prevent breast cancer.
The Mayor was joined by local health professionals as he signed the proclamation.
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. Of the 9,570 women in Illinois estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, it is expected that 1,640 women will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Research shows that deaths from breast cancer could be reduced if women follow breast cancer screening recommendations, including routine mammography, regular examinations by a physician, and monthly breast self-examinations. Mammography can identify breast abnormalities that may be cancerous at earlier stages when treatment is more effective and cure more likely. Numerous studies have shown that early detection increase survival and treatment options. The five-year survival rate for breast cancers found in the earliest stages is 99 percent.
For more information about mammography or scheduling a mammogram, contact St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center at 217-347-1601. For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital , visit the hospital’s Web site at www.stanthonyshospital.org.