Hidalgo County observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month; early detection key to survival

Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes the importance of prevention and early detection as keys to survival.

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EDINBURG – Breast Cancer continues to be the most prevalent cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among Texas women, also affecting about one in every 1,000 men.

Commissioners Court passed a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in part to promote the importance of prevention and early detection as keys to survival. 

“We would like to invite our community to join us in raising awareness,” said Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Administrator of Corporate Affairs Mario Lizcano.  “We are here to ensure that our community has the resources available to them for early detection screenings.”

A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat, Lizcano stated.

While there are factors known to increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, nearly 80 percent of women diagnosed do not exhibit any of the determinant factors.

Early detection of signs and symptoms of breast cancer can increase the survival rate by nearly 95 percent.

During this month-long observance, all Hidalgo County residents are encouraged to join in activities and initiatives that help raise support and awareness of this serious health concern which has claimed too many lives over the years.