As you may know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year, Susan G. Komen Michigan is especially excited because of our recent national announcement of our new BOLD GOAL: Reduce breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the next decade.

“Komen MI is committed to saving lives and reducing breast cancer mortality in Michigan, and if women use the breast health resources that are available to them today, we can immediately reduce breast cancer mortality by 30 percent,” said Komen MI Executive Director Jennifer Jurgens and breast cancer survivor in a press release. “Every woman deserves access to proper breast cancer screenings and treatments, and by working together with strategic community partners, we can accomplish this big bold goal in 10 years or less by eliminating barriers to breast health services.”

Komen MI has identified several barriers preventing Michigan women from receiving the breast health services they need, including financial, cultural and language barriers, transportation issues and a lack of knowledge.

Komen MI is working to address these barriers through targeted, culturally-relevant education programs, screenings, diagnostics, transportation and survivor support programs. Through these efforts, Komen MI has touched more than 85,000 lives in Michigan in 2015 alone.

Money raised by Komen MI stays right here in Michigan to support lifesaving programs and research. Over the last 20 years, Komen MI has provided over $12 million to local breast health programs. Working together with community partners, Komen MI aims to reduce breast cancer mortality by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

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