HealthPlus renews ‘Pink Bus’ sponsorship

MTA bus promotes breast cancer awareness and early screening

FLINT — HealthPlus has announced it will continue as a sponsor of the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) “Pink Bus” initiative to raise awareness of breast cancer and promote the importance of early breast cancer screening.

Louis Hawkins, community relations administrator at HealthPlus, made the announcement today at a news conference at the MTA administration building in Flint. The new “Pink Bus,” which will travel Genesee County bus routes for one year beginning Aug. 2, was unveiled at the news conference.

“HealthPlus has distinguished itself by providing nationally recognized health plans that emphasize prevention and early detection,” said Hawkins. “Studies from the American Cancer Society show that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better are the results for treating it. HealthPlus is pleased to support this highly visible tool to help the national and local fight against breast cancer.”

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 100 women die each day from breast cancer in the United States. While this statistic is alarming, the good news is that through early detection, this number can be reduced. That is why the American Cancer Society recommends that women who are 40 years of age and older get a mammogram each year and women who are 20 to 39 years of age get a breast exam as a part of their periodic health examination. Additionally, the American Cancer Society also recommends all women 20 or older talk to their doctor about potential risk factors and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. — G.G.

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