Breast Cancer Awareness Day will be celebrated in Boone County on Monday, October 7, 2013 with a wreath hanging ceremony at the courthouse in Madison at noon.
Similar ceremonies will take place all across the state as citizens gather to demonstrate a commitment to fight the disease that has claimed the lives of so many women, and to raise awareness of the importance of joining the fight for a cure.
The event in Madison will include guest speakers, information about breast cancer, resources for low-cost and free breast cancer screening services, and a celebration of breast cancer survivors.
Refreshments will be served by members of the Racine “CEOS” Club. There will be door prize drawings during the ceremony.
Following is a Proclamation signed by the County Commissioners of Boone County proclaiming October 7, 2013 as Breast Cancer Awareness Day and the month of October 2013 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In 2013, an estimated 1,324 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 282 women will die from the disease. Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer in her lifetime and a 1 in 36 chance of dying from the disease.
Currently, the best method to reduce deaths due to breast cancer in through early detection of the disease. Women age 50 and older should have a mammogram at least every two years. Women ages 40-49 should talk with their health care provider about their screening schedule. Clinical breast exams by a physician or nurse are recommended every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE.
Clinical breast exams, breast self-exams, and mammograms can save lives. Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual screening schedule.
In recognition of the important lifesaving early detection practices available for breast cancer, I We County Commission of Boone County, do hereby proclaim October 7, 2013, as West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and October 2013 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I urge all Boone County women to become aware that they are at risk for developing breast cancer and to discuss screening with their health care providers.