McAllen Lights Up in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

From the City of McAllen: On behalf of the City Commission, Mayor Richard F. Cortez has instructed city staff to join in the observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by switching the multi-color LED lights to pink at city buildings and city underpasses. Mayor Cortez believes people everywhere should join together to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and contribute to the global fight against this devastating disease, which has claimed too many lives.

“We just want to do our small part to remind women of the importance of early detection. If driving by one of our city buildings or underpasses starts a family discussion about the deadly disease and importance of early screening maybe we can make a difference in the lives of a family,” said Mayor Cortez.

Breast Cancer is one of the most urgent health concerns facing women today, as it is the most prevalent form of non-skin cancer. Approximately 200,000 cases have been diagnosed this year and sadly, approximately 40,000 individuals will die from this disease in the United States in 2011.

Mayor Cortez added, “The citizens of McAllen have always come together for the betterment of our community. I expect their support in this endeavor because any loss is devastating.”

The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

For more information please visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org