WHEREAS, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, whose mission is to end all breast cancer, save lives through education, meeting community needs, and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer, shows that in 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be found in women in the United States and 40,610 breast cancer deaths; and

WHEREAS, the Susan G. Komen Foundation goes on to say that in 2017, U.S. men are estimated to be diagnosed with 2,470 new cases of breast cancer with 460 breast cancer deaths; and

WHEREAS, the most significant risk factor for breast cancer are gender and age, as well as family history, although 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer as presented in the U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics from Breastcancer.org; and

WHEREAS, from 1989 to 2014 breast cancer mortality decreased by 38 percent. This decline in mortality is due to improved breast cancer treatment and early detection according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation; and

WHEREAS, in New Mexico, the Center for Disease Control has stated that between January 2011 and December 2015, 18,175 women have had mammograms provided to them. The majority of these women, 68.2%, were aged 50 to 64 and of these 18,175 tested women 226 of them had breast cancer detected; and

WHEREAS, some risks for cancer are unavoidable, others are not, and with some modifications to lifestyle, such as stop smoking, changing to a healthy lifestyle, changing to a healthy diet, and avoid things known to cause cancer; and

WHEREAS, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that those women, who are aged 50 to 74 years of age and are at average risk of breast cancer receive a mammogram every two years, and women aged 40 to 49 years speak with a doctor to weigh the benefits and risks of when to start early detection screening; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Ben McDaniel, Chairman of Curry County Commission, do hereby designate the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and urge the citizens of Curry County to have a regular early detection breast cancer screening.

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