For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2016

Hannah Marr
Shareese Churchill

Governor Larry Hogan Declares Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued a statewide proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, following skin cancer.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maryland health officials are recommending that women be screened regularly for breast cancer. When breast cancer is detected early, it can be easier to treat. According to Maryland Cancer Registry, in 2013, which is the most recent data available, age-adjusted incidence rate for female breast cancer in Maryland was 134 per 100,000 women based on 4,810 new breast cancer cases in a year.

“Breast cancer poses a threat to women of all ages and backgrounds, and in many cases early detection and action leads to more effective and successful treatment,” said Governor Hogan. “By raising awareness, we can increase screening rates and help people better understand, prevent, detect, and treat this terrible disease. We encourage all Marylanders to take necessary steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or detect the disease in its early stages, and to encourage their friends, family, and loved ones to do the same.”

According to medical experts, regular breast cancer screenings should begin at age 40. Women are encouraged to talk with their health care providers about the screening tests and other preventative care measures that are recommended for their age and risk factors. While breast cancer is less common in males, those with family histories of the disease are urged to share that history with their health care providers to determine if screening is needed.

In June 2015, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, he has committed to raising awareness and resources to help support those who are fighting all forms of cancer, and has been involved in numerous cancer outreach initiatives. The governor has been especially active in campaigns that raise awareness for pediatric cancer and support for childhood cancer patients, such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Cool Kids Campaign. In November 2015, Governor Hogan announced that he was 100% cancer-free and in complete remission.