October 4, 2018
Hagåtña – In observance of breast cancer awareness month, the Department of Public Health and Social Services Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program met with Governor Eddie Calvo and Sen. Louise Muna to proclaim October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year’s theme is “Girls Fight Tough, Tough Boys Wear Pink.” Appropriately, many of the men in the room were wearing pink shirts or wearing the ribbon.
“It fills me with hope to see so many people here joining the fight against cancer. Together we can increase awareness and education on breast cancer,” Governor Calvo stated. “As we go through Breast Cancer Awareness Month I encourage everyone to encourage their loved ones to get their annual screening.”
Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness nationwide and educate the public on the importance of annual checkups with a healthcare provider.
“Early detection and education remain the keys to coping with and beating breast cancer,” Sen. Muna stated. “Help is available for all women be it screening, treatment or support services.”
Sen. Muna introduced legislation that became law – it requires GovGuam health insurance providers to cover mammograms for qualifying members.
Following breast and cervical cancer screening guidelines is an important complement to healthy behaviors that reduce the risk of developing and dying from cancer. These include: diagnostic tests, medical exams, and self-exams, which find a disease or health problem early in its course.
“As an island community, let us all support our brothers, sisters and our friends – whether it’s wearing pink ribbons or sharing information about breast cancer awareness or donating to the cause,” Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio said.
The annual Strides for the Cure 2K/5K will be held Oct. 6, 2018 at the Chamorro Village Festival Huts. Show time is 5:15 a.m. and go time is 6 a.m. Additional events include:
• Oct. 10: Real Men Wear Pink
• Oct. 17: Breast Cancer Presentation Oct. 27: Guam breast & cervical cancer early detection program special clinic.
Go to GuamCancerCare.org or check out their Facebook page for more information on the 5K and other upcoming events.

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