Kim kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month at state Capitol

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, joined the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning the Capitol Fountain pink for the month of October to remind women of the importance of mammograms and early detection.

“I am very grateful for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and all the hard work they do,” said Kim. “Their mission of educating women and ensuring people are getting their mammograms is imperative for the earliest possible detection, which ensures the viability of care and treatment.”

Kim was joined by state Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Montgomery; Pat Halpin-Murphy, president and founder of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition; Cindy Findley, deputy secretary of the PA Department of Health; and Rory Ritrievi, president and CEO of Mid Penn Bank.

“Thousands of Pennsylvanians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone,” Kim said. “Events like today allow the community to show support for survivors and those currently fighting breast cancer.”

According to the coalition, women 40 or older should undergo annual mammograms and those 55 or older should undergo one every two years. Early diagnosis through annual screenings can make breast cancer treatment much more successful.

The Pennsylvania Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides free early detection services for breast cancer, including mammograms. For more information, people can visit the PA-BCCEDP webpage at