U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement today on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed each year in October.
"In a state of neighbors like ours, you'd be hard pressed to find a Delawarean who hasn't been touched by breast cancer. One in eight American women develop breast cancer over their lifetime, and our country loses more women to breast cancer each year than from any other form of cancer. Fortunately, the vast reach of breast cancer is matched by our fierce commitment to fighting it. Each year's observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as an important reminder that vigilance is our best weapon in this fight. Doctors say that women age 20 and older should get clinical breast exams every three years, and mammograms every year after age 40. The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition has an array of programs and resources on prevention and treatment that Delawareans can take advantage of by calling 866-312-DBCC, or by visiting their website at www.debreastcancer.org."