The Upshur County CEOS clubs are inviting everyone to attend the Breast Cancer Awareness Day ceremony at the Stockert Youth Center in Buckhannon. The theme for the event is "Sock It to Cancer," and it will be held on Oct. 7 beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch. The program will follow at noon.
A special invitation is given to all breast cancer survivors, and they will be presented with a small token of appreciation for attending.
Pamela Linger, a breast cancer survivor, will tell of her struggles dealing with a cancer diagnosis as well as motivating those attending to take advantage of early screenings.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Craig Presar of the West Virginia University Extension office in Upshur County smiles after reading a proclamation declaring Oct. 7 as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the county. Several members of the local CEOS clubs attended the county commission meeting in support of the proclamation. A luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 in honor of the day. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
St. Joseph's Physicians Medical Group will provide you with valuable health information. They will relay the importance of early detection of breast cancer through mammograms and breast self-exams. Information concerning symptoms of breast cancer, treatment of breast cancer, and what to expect if surgery is required will also be addressed. Please be aware that men and women are at risk of getting breast cancer.
Currently, the best method to reduce deaths due to breast cancer is through early detection of the disease. The American Cancer Society recommends a woman 50 and older should have a mammogram every two years. Women over 40 should talk with their health care provider about their screening schedule.
A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and a 1 in 36 chance of dying from the disease.
The goal of the breast cancer committee is to work with the health care community to provide information to protect women and save lives. This event is sponsored by the Upshur County CEOS, American Cancer Society, local health care providers and the Fred Brooks Garden Club.
Breast Cancer Awareness wreaths will be presented to representatives of the Upshur County Courthouse; Buckhannon City Hall; St. Joseph's Hospital; Buckhannon Medical Center; Tri-County Health Clinic; Upshur County Health Department and to the Associates for Women's Health.
Door prizes will be given followed by a balloon launch.
In addition to the Breast Cancer Awareness activities on Monday, there will be a table display in the Upshur County Public Library. Ribbon wreaths will be placed in each Upshur County Post Office during the month of October. The downtown Buckhannon businesses will display pink bows on their doors in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
On Oct. 7, prior to attending the Breast Cancer Awareness program, take the opportunity to drive across the bridge north of Buckhannon City Hall to see the "Sock It To Cancer" display.
For more information, please contact the West Virginia University Extension Office at 304-473-4208.