Proclamation for the Third Week of October

MALE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK

Be It Resolved…

WHEREAS, each year 450 men will die from male breast cancer and the numbers are
increasing.  Men are typically diagnosed at a late stage and we believe this is primarily
due to a lack of awareness that men too can develop the disease.

WHEREAS, it behooves each of us, men, women, parents, siblings, educators,
physicians and citizens to promote awareness of the disease and possibly save men’s
lives.

WHEREAS, we must educate the world to the reality of this disease, and

WHEREAS, in remembrance of the many men who have lost their lives or are fighting
for their lives, due to a lack of awareness, it is appropriate that we designate the Third
Week of October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

Out of the Shadow of Pink –
http://www.outoftheshadowofpink.com
Brandon Greening Foundation – http://www.breastcancerinmen.org
A Man's Pink - http://www.malebreastcancer.ca
Bret Miller 1T  check them Foundation - http://www.checkthem.org

Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week
In 2005 the American Cancer Society estimated that 1200 men would be diagnosed
with male breast cancer; the estimate for 2009 was 1990 men.  The Canadian Cancer
Society estimated approximately 200 men would be diagnosed with MBC in 2009 and in
the United Kingdom the estimate for men was 300.  Statistics show that a higher
percentage of men will die from breast cancer than women because they are typically
diagnosed at a later stage.  Although it is still rare, the incidence of male breast cancer
continues to increase.  Most men are still sadly unaware.  The chances for successful
treatment and ultimately survival are best when breast cancer is found in its earliest
stages.  As proven by the pink ribbon campaign, early detection is the best method.  In
order that the same opportunity be afforded to men it is vital that we create a Male
Breast Cancer Awareness Week.  We must educate men now!
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In 2009 "Out of the Shadow of Pink", "The Brandon Greening Foundation" and Herb
Wagner of "A Man's Pink" joined forces to establish a Male Breast Cancer Awareness
Week.  We have subsequently teamed up with the "Bret Miller 1T check them
Foundation" and "The Blue Wave" in a united effort to enlighten others to the reality of
the disease in men.

On October 6, 2010 the Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted
HR. 985 to
establish the third week of October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week in
Pennsylvania.

On April 21st, 2011 the Florida House of Representatives adopted by publication
HR-9105 to establish October 17th to 23rd as MBC Awareness Week in Florida.  As well,
Florida Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite introduced a similar resolution
H.RES.1575
to the United States House of Representatives


On May 15, 2012 the State of New Jersey adopted resolution
A.R. 179 to declare the
week of October 21-27, 2012 as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week

On September 12, 2012 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted
Bill H.4019  for
the issuance of an annual proclamation by the Governor establishing the third week in
October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.  On October 1, 2012, Governor Deval
Patrick of Massachusetts signed a law establishing the 3rd week of October as Male
Breast Cancer Awareness Week!  
(Photo of signing)

Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week Support Legislation Sample Letter


Find and write to your state Congressional Representative

Find and write to your local Senator

Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week Poster (.PDF)
Male Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon
Out of the Shadow of Pink - Male Breast Cancer
Male Breast Cancer Awareness