October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Monday, October 5th, will be observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the local Tug Valley Area.
In 2015, over 1,360 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 276 women will die from the disease. Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer related deaths among West Virginia women. A woman has about a 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and about a three (3) percent chance of dying from the disease.
The best method to reduce deaths at the present time due to breast cancer is through early detection of the disease. Women age 50 and older should have a mammogram at least every two years. Women age 40 to 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.
The GFWC-WV Williamson Woman’s Club, in conjunction with the Mingo County Health Department and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, invite local women to the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day Program on Monday, October 5th
The featured speaker will be Claudette Varney, Radiology Manager at the Williamson Memorial Hospital.
The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on West Second Avenue in Williamson.