Hays County Commissioners Court Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Hays County
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month at its October 4 meeting and encouraged women to get regular mammograms so that cancer can be caught early.
According to the proclamation, “breast cancer knows no boundaries – be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location – and the most common risk factors for breast cancer are being female and growing older … breast cancer affects more than just the patient – co-survivors who include friends, family and co-workers need support too.”
County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., noted that men get breast cancer and should be aware of any lumps near their breasts.
He thanked CTMC and its partners for forming the Think Pink Committee that raises funds to provide early detection, screening, awareness and treatment. Members include Central Texas Medical Center Foundation, Tanger Outlet San Marcos, San Marcos Academy, Texas Oncology, Hill Country Board of Realtors, Tommy Bahama, Hays County Barbeque, Community Action and Pink Heals.
“Thank you all for the money, the time, the effort that you provide and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do every day for the people of Hays County,” Cobb said.
“Any awareness we can bring to this issue is so important,” Precinct 1 Commission Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe said. “Women need to be aware of their need for self-checks and yearly checkups. It’s so important and the numbers are staggering.” She thanked the Hays County Local Health Department for its help in promoting awareness and checkups.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant said that he felt the awareness programs were working. “I was at a 7th-grade football game this week and both teams were wearing pink in some manner to represent the fight against breast cancer.”
“On behalf of CTMC I want to thank the Court for highlighting the importance of this issue – the fight against breast cancer,” CTMC’s President and CEO Anthony Stahl, PhD, said. “I think we’ve all been affected by it. This year alone in the U.S. a quarter million women will be diagnosed. It’s a privilege for CTMC to partner with so many others here in this county … the battle is being won.”
Left to right, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Local Health Department Director Clint Garza, Clinic Manager Margie Rodriguez, Texas Vaccine for Children Coordinator Amelia Flores, Epidemiologist Sophia Anyatonwu, San Marcos Academy junior Becca Baergen and Director of Admissions and Communications Shelly Henry, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl, PhD, Chief Nursing Officer Elsie Graves, Foundation Director Jerilyn Miller, Breast Cancer Navigator Lesley Castillo, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant.