CHICAGO – To raise awareness of preventable breast cancer screenings, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“We have made immense strides in breast cancer treatment, prevention and research, but it’s not enough,” said Collins. “This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 49,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States. Within cases of breast cancer, black women have a 40% higher chance of mortality than white women. These statistics show there is still a great amount of work to be done to protect all women, but especially women of color. “
October is recognized nationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to BreastCancer.Org, 1 in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime with black women more likely to develop breast cancer and die from it than white women. The reason for the racial disparity is still being researched but social, economic, and behavioral factors partially account for the disparity. The City of Chicago Department of Public Health provides free mammograms at two hospitals throughout the city. To see if you are eligible and to find out for information, visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdph/supp_info/behavioral-health/mammography_screeningsites.html.
“As we continue to research and bring awareness to this pressing disease, I encourage every woman to get a mammogram when possible,” continued Collins. “Prevention is key to addressing breast cancer.”