BreastCancerAwarenessMonth 2023 TWCHICAGO – As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, State Senator Willie Preston is encouraging residents to schedule regular screenings.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about more than just wearing pink,” said Preston (D-Chicago). “This month is about creating access to information followed by action. Early detection is the most effective way to prevent breast cancer.”

According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, more Black women die of breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. Breast cancer is also the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 20 to 59, according to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.

Women over the age of 45 are encouraged to receive regular mammograms. They are also encouraged to consult with their health care provider about risk factors and whether additional breast cancer screening is required. Risk factors for breast cancer can be managed by remaining physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting intake of alcohol.

“I want to encourage everyone to take action. Get screened. Make a donation to an organization that funds research,” said Preston. “Let’s remember Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about more than awareness.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free breast exams and mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women. The program also supports diagnostic services and assists with referrals for treatment options. To enroll, call the Women’s Health Line at 888-522-1282. The Health Line will walk people through the eligibility requirements and screening process.



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