The annual Lewis County Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner will be Oct. 18 at West Virginia University Jackson's Mill. There is no cost for participants, but it is imperative that interested parties make their reservations now. Call Julia Spelsberg at 304-269-8167 and leave a message with the number of people who will be attending. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 8.
The CEOS of Lewis County has taken the lead in providing area residents with information on the disease. As a result of their efforts, local women are more informed about breast cancer. Although the facts can be alarming, the good news is the decreasing mortality rate associated with breast cancer.
There are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. It is estimated that a woman has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. It is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (skin cancer is the most common). The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in 2010. The good news is that a woman's chance of dying from breast cancer is 1 in 35. Breast cancer mortality rates are declining, possibly as the result of finding the cancer earlier and improved treatment.
In West Virginia, approximately 1,310 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Approximately 270 West Virginia women will die of breast cancer this year and it continues to be a leading cause of cancer-related deaths among West Virginia women.
There are risk factors associated with breast cancer including:
n Gender (being a woman is the main risk)
Age (risk increases with age)
Family history of breast cancer
Menstruation at an early age (before age 12)
Menopause at a late age (after age 50)
Childbirth (having no children or first child after age 30)
Local sponsors of the 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner include: Lewis County CEOS, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, WV Rural Health and Education Partnership, Lewis County Family Resource Network, WVU Jackson's Mill and Lewis County Health Department.