The Logan County Commission meeting held Oct. 3 produced several proclamations which highlighted several important segments of the community.
In recognition that Breast Cancer is diagnosed in around 1,300 West Virginia Women a year, and the disease is the leading cause of cancer related deaths of women living in the state, the LCC proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A proclamation issued by the group notes one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lives and breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women behind lung cancer.
It is recommended that women age 50 and older should have a mammogram test each year.
Women over 40 should discuss their mammogram screening schedule with their healthcare provider; however, clinical breast exams should be conducted each year.
Clinical breast exams are recommended at an interval of three years for women in their 20s and 30s.
All women are encouraged to conduct breast self-exams.
A press release from the LCC states, “This October, the LCC is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6959 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]