Boone County hosts ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Day’
by Fred Pace firstname.lastname@example.org
MADISON – Breast Cancer Awareness Day was 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 included guest speakers, information about breast cancer, resources for low-cost and free breast cancer screening services, special singing and a celebration of breast cancer survivors.
Refreshments were served by members of the Racine “CEOS” Club. There were 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, which was read at the ceremony by Boone County Commission President Mickey Brown.
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.
Also this month, the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to promote regular mammograms to increase early detection of breast cancer.
It is also a time to educate people about how to reduce their risk, empower communities to join the fight and a time to celebrate breast cancer survivors.
According to breastcancer.org, approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
The good news is that early screenings, an annual breast exam by a doctor and annual mammograms for women over 40, have been shown to increase the odds for survival.
If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often you need to schedule a screening.
If you are age 50 and older, get a mammogram every two years. Talk with your doctor to decide if you need a screening more often.
These are general guidelines. It is important to talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family.
According to breastcancer.org, a woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
About 15 percent of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it. Consulting with a doctor is the best way to decide when and how often to get a mammogram.
WVMI, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for West Virginia, also has resources and tools available on its Web site to help advance the fight against breast cancer.
Visit www.qiwv.org and click on Resources and Prevention to access items like the Breast Cancer Fact Sheet and a link to the West Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Program.
The West Virginia Medical Institute, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), protects Medicare patient rights and works collaboratively with hospitals and other health care providers in West Virginia to assist them in their efforts to improve the quality of the care they deliver. To learn more about this non-profit organization, visit www.qiwv.org. CMS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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