DALLAS – July 14, 2009 – Susan G. Komen for the Cure® issued the following statement upon learning of Maura Tierney’s recent breast cancer diagnosis:
“The thoughts and support of the entire Susan G. Komen for the Cure network are with Maura Tierney as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “We know that she will tackle this development with the same energy and determination that have marked her entire life.”
Komen for the Cure, the leader of the global breast cancer movement, noted that the 44 year-old actress has previously supported the breast cancer movement through Komen’s corporate partner Ford Motor Company, and its 2005 “Tie It On for the Cure” silk scarf campaign, which raised more than $1.6 million. The national ads for the scarf, designed by Lilly Pulitzer, featured the Women of ER including Tierney, Laura Innes, Sherry Stringfield, Parminder Nagra and Linda Cardellini.
Understanding your personal risks
Komen noted that women need to understand their personal risks of the disease and the benefits of lifestyle choices in terms of reducing the risk of breast cancer. Women can decrease their risk of developing breast cancer by avoiding excessive weight gain, limiting alcohol consumption and getting regular exercise. Routine mammography for women age 40 and over has also been shown to improve breast cancer survival.
“Her diagnosis is a poignant reminder that it is critically important to be aware of your breast health, since we know that early detection of breast cancer greatly improves a person’s odds of beating the disease,” said Moddelmog.
Breast cancer remains a common problem, but with a combination of early detection and effective treatment, the vast majority of women will go on to lead a long and healthy life. We trust this will be the case with Maura.
Komen strongly encourages every woman to:
- Know your risk. Learn about your family health history and talk to your health care provider about your own personal risk.
- Get screened. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk. Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk. Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.
- Know what is normal for you. Know how your breasts look and feel and report any changes to your health care provider right away.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer.
For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.