Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by Martha Sparks
CHAPMANVILLE — On a Thursday, Oct. 4, at Coalfield Health Center in Chapmanville, Dr. Jon Bowen proclaimed that October 2012 was Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Logan County. The proclamation was made as part of a Ceremonial Wreath Hanging that took place at the health center.
Dr. Bowen, the Medical Director at Coalfield Health Center, led the event, which is the 1st annual Ceremonial Wreath Hanging at the Center and the first of its kind in Chapmanville. The wreath, donated by the Candle Shoppe, was hung by Dr. Bowen and Sarah Knight, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). After the wreath hanging, special guest speaker and breast cancer survivor Lori Ramey Hayes, spoke of her battle with breast cancer and gave an inspirational testimony. Dr. Bowen then opened the podium to any others that wanted to tell their story. Patsy Ojeda, then spoke of her battle as well as the importance of not delaying getting screened. Ojeda was diagnosed after getting screened at a clinic in Man that was holding a $50 special on Mammograms. There was then a moment of silence for those that had lost the battle to breast cancer.
Many were in attendance for the event and represented a diverse group from many organizations throughout Logan County. Those organizations represented included: Representative Rahall’s office, the Chapmanville Town Council, Logan 911 Center, Logan EMS, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Logan Regional Medical Center, Workforce West Virginia, Child Advocacy Center, PRIDE, and Omar and Chapmanville Women’s Clubs.
The ceremony was sponsored by Coalfield Health Center in association with the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP). Brenda Harlow from BCCSP was present and spoke afterwards of the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment.
“There are many programs to help pay for the screenings and treatment,” said Harlow. “Women should not let money stand in the way of prevention and treatment.”
Harlow concluded with the presentation of a certificate of appreciation to Coalfield Health Center for its participation in the BCCSP and their on going efforts to provide these vital women’s health services.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer over their lifetime and one in 36 will die from breast cancer.
“I cannot stress enough of the importance of early screening for breast cancer,” said Dr. Bowen. “Screening can take place at any age through a variety of ways from Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams to Self-Breast Exams.”
Sarah Knight, FNP performs most Women’s Health services at Coalfield Health Center.
“Ms. Knight is very dedicated and experienced in women’s health and does an excellent job screening and diagnosing many women’s health problems,” said Dr. Bowen.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Sarah Knight, FNP or Dr. Bowen you can call Coalfield Health Center at 304-855-1200 or stop in at Airport Road in the “big green building.”
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