Monterrey, Mexico — The American Cancer Society is partnering with a Mexican organiztion to raise awareness of breast cancer. Since 2002, Cimab has been working toward reducing breast cancer mortality through education, information, patient services and advocacy. Throughout October, Cimab and other parnters has organized 50 breast cancer talks and will disseminate information on the importance of early detection. In Monterrey, the organization lit the Atirantado bridge and screened the documentary "Un paso, una cumbre" which follows seven cancer survivors as they conquer the mountain, Pico de Orizaba with their family and friends. www.cimab.org.
Alessandra Durstine, ACS vice president of global advocacy (picured left) and Maria Elena Maza, ACS Mexico Manager, marked World Breast Cancer Awareness day by participating in the lighting of the Mexican National Monument, Castillo de Chapultepec.
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon gave the keynote address speaking about the great burden of breast cancer on the Mexican economy, society and families. He was joined by his wife, Margarita Zavala, a longtime breast cancer awareness advocate and supporter of ACS and grantee Fundacion Cimab.
The new Minister of Health, Salomon Chertorivski emphasized the Mexican government's support for universal access to treatment and vowed to increase the coverage of screening programs throughout the country.
Alessandra Durstine spoke about the ACS Global Cancer Ambassador program and the goals as follow up to the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-communicable Disease.