Lewis County Community Outreach Service (CEOS) clubs, in cooperation with other Lewis County organizations, will host a Breast Cancer Awareness Day Dinner at 5 p.m. on Monday at West Hall in Weston. The event will feature informational presentations from a clinician and a breast cancer survivor.
The CEOS organization has planned Breast Cancer Awareness Day remembrances in the county for more than a decade. There have been luminary services and ceremonies on the courthouse steps, and an appearance of the late Gov. Cecil Underwood's wife, Hova, in Weston.
By publicly celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the Lewis County CEOS, Lewis County Health Department, the Lewis County Family Resource Network, the WVBCCS program, 1-2-1 Response, Lewis County Commission, city of Weston and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital hope to increase the community's awareness of how early detection can save lives.
The first West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day was conducted on Oct. 2, 1995. On that date, hundreds of West Virginians gathered at courthouses and other sites in every county across the state to demonstrate a commitment to fight a disease that claimed the lives of many women. In that year, it was estimated that 330 West Virginia women would die from breast cancer. As many as one-third of these women could have been saved with early detection.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is an opportunity to encourage women to find breast cancer early by: doing monthly self-examinations; having a health professional check one's breasts every year; and having regular mammograms. Experts agree that yearly mammograms are the most important detection for women older than 50.
The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program offers free or low-cost mammograms, breast exams and Pap tests to women who qualify. Information about this program can be obtained through Mountain Healthcare for Women or on the day of the program from Kathy Helmick.
If you go
What:?Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner
When: 5 p.m. Monday
Where: West Hall in Weston
The city of Weston's Parking Authority will again place pink ribbons on parking meters throughout town during the month of October. There also will be a "Flash Mob" at noon Oct. 7 at the corner of Center Avenue and East Second Street. Pink pinwheels will be placed in Weston's planters to commemorate the month.