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First Lady Anita Perry Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Texas Event Honors Breast Cancer Survivors and Promotes Prevention Efforts
Wednesday, October 06, 2010  •  Austin, Texas  •  First Lady Press Release

Texas First Lady Anita Perry today encourages observance of Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. The Governor's Commission for Women will host a press conference on the South Steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m., with experts discussing the importance of breast cancer awareness, prevention and early detection.

"This year more than 15,000 women in Texas will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 2,000 will not survive," said Texas First Lady Anita Perry. "I'm urging women to be diligent with self exams, mammograms and regular doctor visits because early detection and healthy living make a difference. By maintaining a healthy body weight, engaging in regular physical activity and reducing alcohol consumption, we can lower our risk."

"This is the most common cancer among Texas women, affecting one out of every eight," said Gov. Rick Perry. "It is also the leading cause of cancer deaths among women between the ages of 40 and 60. This month and every month, let's keep each other accountable in this battle. Let's also remember to support those on the front lines of the fight and continue spreading the message that early detection is our best protection."

The press conference will feature Dr. David Lakey; Becky Garcia, Chief Prevention Officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas; and two breast cancer survivors: Rose Batson, president of the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas and Babette Bennett, honorary race chair for the Austin Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The annual Texas event is hosted by the Governor's Commission for Women, Texas Department of State Health Services, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Numerous events will be held across the state during the month of October to encourage awareness and education.

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