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(September 30, 2018)

During the month of October, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, the Omaha Police Department will join hundreds of law enforcement agencies nationwide, turning their uniform patches pink as part of the “Pink Patch Project”.

"The Omaha Police Department proudly supports the Pink Patch Project for the second year. We are happy to join law enforcement agencies nationwide in this effort to increase awareness for breast cancer research," said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

The Pink Patch Project raises awareness and funds for local cancer charities. 16 Nebraska law enforcement agencies have teamed up to “put the cuffs on cancer together”. The Nebraska Pink Patch Project t-shirt, pink patches, and other swag are available for purchase online: http://store.ideal-images.com/pink_patch_project/shop/products/omaha_police?page=1

Proceeds from OPD’s “Pink Patch Project” will benefit the Hereditary Cancer Foundation, a charity created in memory of Omaha Police Officer Kamie Preston, who lost her life to breast cancer at the age of 40. Officer Preston had a BRCA1 mutation, giving her an 87% lifetime risk of breast cancer. Unfortunately, Officer Preston did not know she was a mutation carrier until it was too late.

The Hereditary Cancer Foundation funds cancer genetic testing that screens for hereditary links to the disease, like BRCA and Lynch Syndrome mutations. When men and women know their risk of developing cancer, they can take action (preventive surgeries and more frequent early detection screening).

Officer Preston asked her three children, Brandi, Ben, and Bailey to know their risk and be proactive with their health. Brandi and Ben have both been tested and are BRCA1+. Brandi had a preventive bilateral mastectomy at the age of 22. This surgery reduced her risk of breast cancer from 87% to less than 2%. Brandi is the founder of the Hereditary Cancer Foundation. She is also the Community Services Manager in Mayor Jean Stothert's office

Hereditary cancers account for 10% of all cancer cases. Common hereditary cancers include: breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, colon, endometrial, gastric, and melanoma. If cancer runs in your family, take this quiz and learn if you may be appropriate for cancer genetic testing: www.hereditarycancerquiz.com

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