SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – October marks both Breast Cancer Awareness and Dyslexia Awareness Month and, at an Oct. 5 meeting, Mayor Matt Anesh called on South Plainfield residents to recognize these two important issues., 

Since 1985, October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the goal of educating women about the importance of early detection. In proclaiming October 2020 as 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' in the borough, Anesh asked all citizens to 'join in this worthwhile cause to celebrate successes and memorialize lost battles. 

"National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about the importance of early detection of breast cancer by collaborating with several national public service organizations, professional associations, and government agencies who work together to ensure that the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month message is heard by thousands of women and their families," said Anesh in his proclamation. 

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According to the mayor, the American Cancer Society estimates that, in the United States this year, more than 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women with more than 2,190 cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in men. 

"Through research and advocacy, significant advances have been made in the fight against breast cancer, including significant decreases in mortality," stated Anesh, noting that 'the 2.9 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States is a testament to courage as well as to the importance of promoting awareness of breast cancer, providing information, funding research, following recommended screening guidelines and offering treatment to those who are affected.'

National Dyslexia Awareness Month was first celebrated in 2002 and, over the past 18 years, advocates have worked to raise awareness and share the tools to increase better reading skills. Dyslexia is a language- based learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also referred to as a reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language and may cause difficulties in reading, writing, spelling, and word pronunciation with the onset and severity of dyslexia varying among individuals.

"Because it takes individuals with dyslexia longer to process phonemic information, the disability directly affects academic growth, achievement, ad self-esteem," stated Anesh in his proclamation for Dyslexia Awareness Month. 

"It is important to provide effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for individuals with dyslexia," continued the mayor. "Dyslexia Awareness Month is an opportunity to acknowledge educators specializing in effecting teaching strategies and to celebrate the many achievements of adolescents, students and adults with dyslexia," he continued. 

"I would like to thank the mayor and council for bringing this proclamation forward…," said Council President Christine Faustini, noting that a member of her family is dyslexic and 'works with it every day.' "I've noticed a lot more awareness." 

During the Oct. 5 South Plainfield Borough Council meeting, Anesh also recognized October as Italian Heritage Month; details will be included in an upcoming article following the Plainfield's Chapter of UNICO's 2020 Columbus Day ceremony, which will take place outside the senior center on the morning of Oct. 12. 

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