Florida Senate - 2011                            (NP)    SR 2190
       By Senator Sachs
       30-04222-11                                           20112190__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing October 2011 as “Breast
    3         Cancer Awareness Month” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, with the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer
    6  is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the
    7  second leading cause of cancer death in women, and
    8         WHEREAS, Florida ranks third in the nation in both the
    9  number of new breast cancer cases per year, more than 14,000,
   10  and the number of related deaths, estimated at 2,650 in 2010,
   11  and
   12         WHEREAS, a woman living in Florida has a one-in-eight
   13  chance of developing breast cancer, and
   14         WHEREAS, since 1990, female breast cancer deaths have
   15  steadily decreased, largely due to progress in early detection
   16  and improved treatment, with mammography remaining the single
   17  most effective method of early detection, identifying cancer
   18  several years before physical symptoms develop, and
   19         WHEREAS, early detection, through routine clinical exams
   20  and mammography screening beginning at age 40 in compliance with
   21  the American Cancer Society recommended guidelines, is the key
   22  to detecting breast cancer early, when treatment is most
   23  successful, and
   24         WHEREAS, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer when it
   25  is found in its earliest stages is 98 percent; however, that
   26  rate drops to 23 percent if the cancer is detected later, in a
   27  stage of metastases, and
   28         WHEREAS, breast cancer awareness events and programs, such
   29  as the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast
   30  Cancer” events and its “Reach to Recovery” program are essential
   31  in promoting an understanding of the risks associated with
   32  breast cancer and encouraging women to take preventive steps to
   33  minimize those risks and to undergo early detection procedures,
   34  and
   35         WHEREAS, support for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical
   36  Cancer Early Detection Program will promote early breast cancer
   37  detection through regular screening, NOW, THEREFORE,
   39  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   41         That October 2011 is recognized as “Breast Cancer Awareness
   42  Month” in Florida.