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E-mail from Indiana State Senator Tom Wyss (R-15th):

Sen. Wyss supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Named a “Pink-Tie Guy”

(October 7, 2010) – State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) has added a pink tie to his wardrobe, hoping it will help remind everyone that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year, Wyss was named a Susan G. Komen “Pink-Tie Guy” – a designation given to corporate and civic leaders in northern Indiana who are committed to supporting breast cancer research. Wyss lost his wife of 43 years, Shirley, in 2006 after a 16-year battle with breast cancer.

Wyss said as a “Pink-Tie Guy” he will wear his tie on the 8th of every month to draw attention to the fact that about one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Wyss said Hoosier women are encouraged to get regular screenings and know the early-warning signs of the disease.

“Breast cancer is a matter that hits close to home for me and many other families throughout our area,” Wyss said. “It is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. I hope Hoosiers are reminded throughout the month of October about the importance of awareness and early detection. About 90 percent of women with the disease have no family history of breast cancer and therefore regular screenings are especially important.”

Indiana ranks 15th nationally in the number of breast cancer cases, with approximately 13,019 reported during 2007, according to a Susan G. Komen Community Data Analysis Study.

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2006, more than 191,400 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,820 women died.

Although the cause of the disease is still unknown, American Cancer Society officials suggest a number of ways women can help reduce the risk of having breast cancer:

  • Maintain a healthy weight;
  • Exercise regularly;
  • Limit alcohol consumption;
  • Reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, such as CT scans;
  • Have your first child before age 30;

Avoid or limit use of hormone replacement therapy – long term use has been linked to ovarian and breast cancer; and
If you are at high risk or have several close relatives with the disease consult your doctor about possible breast cancer medications.
Wyss said for more information about breast cancer and its risk factors visit www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer.It is important to remember men can be affected too, Wyss said. For every 100 cases in women, one man gets breast cancer, according to the CDC.

For more information about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month visit www.nbcam.org. To find local events throughout the month of October, visit northern Indiana’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure website at www.komennorthernindiana.org.

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