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September 28, 2011

Miles City Mayor Joe Whalen officially declared this Friday, September 30 as Breast Health Day in Miles City.

In the proclamation read at Tuesday evening's city council meeting, Mayor Whalen said: "Breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer mortality among women in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives annually. One in eight women will develop breast cancer within their lifetimes. With early diagnosis, the five-year survival rate of those stricken with breast cancer is 90 percent. However, a recent community health assessment in Miles City determined that only 69% of local women over the age of 40 years old arrange for an annual mammogram, which is less that our state and national benchmarks and may contribute to Custer County's significantly higher cancer rate overall among counties in Montana.

"October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a time for each of us to encourage and support our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends as they struggle through this critical illness or take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer," proclaimed Whalen. "Learning the risk factors, arranging for regular breast screenings, maintaining a healthy weight and a balanced diet, and exercising regularly are all effective strategies known to reduce cancer risk. The City of Miles City recognizes that the personal health of its citizens impacts the overall health of the community - culturally, environmentally and economically. With that, I'm pleased to proclaim September 30, 2011 as Breast Health Day in Miles City, Montana. I encourage citizens, City employees, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and all other interested groups to join in activities that will increase awareness of what our community can do to prevent and control breast cancer."

As part of the officially declared Breast Health Day in Miles City, Holy Rosary Healthcare is hosting a Heroes Luncheon at noon at the Miles City Town & Country Club to honor local heroes living with breast cancer and to share the latest facts on breast cancer, related screenings, prevention, and more. The cost to attend is $12 and includes a healthy lunch, a free gift for each guest, and many door prizes including a full spa day, shopping spree, and wine basket. For more information, phone 406.233.2604 or visit www.facebook.com/holyrosaryhealthcare.