house resolution no.156

Reps. Steckloff, Morse, Neeley, McFall, Brabec, Aiyash, Whitsett, Hood, Dievendorf, Hill, Price, Byrnes, Hope, Brixie, Haadsma, Breen, Rogers and Coleman offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare October 2023 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, October has been long recognized across America as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in effort to raise public awareness about the importance of early detection; and

Whereas, In 2023, it is estimated 8,980 Michiganders have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer, with 300,590 newly diagnosed across the nation. Tragically, about 1,370 Michiganders and 43,700 Americans succumbed to their breast cancer battle this year; and

Whereas, In the United States, 1 in 196 women under 40 years of age is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer type amongst adolescent and young females, accounting for 30% of diagnosed cancer cases in American women. Diagnosed cases of invasive breast cancer in women 15-39 years old have increased since 2004. Along with these increasing rates, women under forty are 39% more likely to die of breast cancer than older women even if diagnosed in early stages; and

Whereas, The use of mammography in the U.S. has been credited with doubling the detection of early stage breast cancer and breast cancer death rates have steadily declined since the 1990s; and

Whereas, Efforts to promote increased mammogram screening have resulted in the third Friday in October being declared National Mammography Day; and

Whereas, Even with impressive progress, many women do not utilize mammograms or other recommended testing methods at regular intervals before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Breast cancer deaths may continue to decline if women are able to receive recommended screenings at regular intervals; and

Whereas, Breast cancer does not discriminate. Women from all walks of life and of all ages and backgrounds are at risk of developing breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness month sheds light on preventative treatments and measures women can utilize to fight off breast cancer before it occurs or detect breast cancer in its early stages. Access to preventive care and quality treatment saves the lives of breast cancer patients; now, therefore, it be

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare October 2023 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. We urge all Michiganders to use this month as an opportunity to educate themselves about breast cancers and take proactive steps to reduce their risks and get appropriate screenings.