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9/27/2017

Mayor designates Breast Cancer Awareness Month


(EFFINGHAM, IL) – Effingham Mayor Jeff T. Bloemker recently signed a proclamation designating October 2017 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 
 
The proclamation states that since October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and approximately 10,210 Illinois women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 according to the American Cancer Society, the Mayor proclaims October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and urges all women to take precautions to prevent breast cancer.
 
Joining the Mayor as he signed the proclamation were representatives from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, including Ruben Boyajian, MD, Medical Director of Women’s Wellness and Cancer Care Services; Mike Janis, Executive Director of Outpatient and Ancillary Services; Ashley Davis, Women’s Wellness Center Nurse Navigator; Susan Koontz, RT (R)(M)(CT), Women’s Wellness Facilitator; Tricia Waldhoff, RT(R); and Kim Thies, Women’s Wellness Patient Care Technician.
 
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.  Of the 10,210 women in Illinois estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, it is expected that 1,680 women will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.  Research shows that deaths from breast cancer could be reduced if women follow breast cancer screening recommendations, including routine mammography, regular examinations by a physician, and monthly breast self-examinations.  Mammography can identify breast abnormalities that may be cancerous at earlier stages when treatment is more effective and cure more likely.  Numerous studies have shown that early detection increase survival and treatment options.  The five-year survival rate for breast cancers found in the earliest stages is 100 percent.

For more information about mammography or scheduling a mammogram, contact St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center at 217-347-1601. 
 
Photo Caption: Effingham Mayor Jeff T. Bloemker, (left), signed a proclamation designating October 2017 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Joining the Mayor for the signing from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital were, standing left to right, Mike Janis, Executive Director of Outpatient and Ancillary Services; Ashley Davis, Women’s Wellness Center Nurse Navigator; Dr. Ruben Boyajian, Medical Director of Women’s Wellness and Cancer Care Services; Susan Koontz, RT (R)(M)(CT), Women’s Wellness Facilitator; Tricia Waldhoff, RT(R); and Kim Thies, Women’s Wellness Patient Care Technician. 

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