Chances are, you know someone who has been affected.
Maybe you’ve fought the disease yourself.
But with nearly 230,000 new cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed this year, the need for awareness, research, funding and, most importantly, a cure, has never been greater.
It’s no wonder the push for pink, breast cancer awareness’ signature color, is so strong in October. After all, the month is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month each year, and it becomes nearly impossible to go anywhere or do anything without seeing something pink: Pink labels. Pink signs. Pink clothing.
Pink is everywhere.
That means it’s on everyone’s minds, and that’s the whole point. Generating awareness is one way to help make sure our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our grandmas, our aunts, our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers know that if they ever hear those four dreaded words — “You have breast cancer” — we will be united in the fight with them.
People in Marion County are certainly engaged in the fight.
On Thursday, the Mastectomy Boutique, located at Rider Pharmacy in Fairmont, hosted a breast cancer survivor open house in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
During the open house, a representative from Amoena World Wide, a leading manufacturer of breast-shaped forms and garments for post-surgery patients, was available for questions. Participants also had the opportunity to buy chances on a pink basket full of products such as jewelry, soap and candles that was to be raffled off, with all the proceeds going to a local Relay for Life team in Marion County.
There are plenty of other events and campaigns spreading the word as well, not just here in Marion County, but throughout the state and nation, and there’s no shortage of resources and programs for a woman facing the diagnosis, for a survivor who has fought against the awful disease, even for the legions of women taking proactive steps for their health.
Some of those women taking proactive steps for their health will undoubtedly be at Fairmont General Hospital’s annual Women’s Health Awareness Day. The event, scheduled from 4-8 p.m. today in and around the Hamilton Conference Room, will feature a number of free health screenings such as clinical breast exams, Pap tests, EKGs, bone density, blood pressure, body fat index, and screenings for carotid artery disease and skin cancer. All are free, and most are walk-in. Appointments are needed for the Pap tests, mammograms, EKGs and carotid artery screenings. There will also be speakers and information tables.
This will be the seventh year the hospital has hosted the event, and attendance continues to go up, according to Tricia Julian, Fairmont General’s program coordinator for oncology services.
“Last year, we had in excess of 160 or 170 people that came through,” Julian said. “That was not a count on how many people came through the screenings, but how many visited different educational booths and participated in some of the screenings.”
So whether you know someone who has been diagnosed, you’re a proud survivor or you’re simply taking every step possible to reduce your risk, October is the month to stand together in the fight against breast cancer.
Chances are, you know someone who has been affected.
State native Burwell can ‘deliver results’ as Health and Human Services secretary
Sylvia Mathews Burwell might not be a name with which most people are immediately familiar.
For the past year, she has run the budget office under President Barack Obama.
Prior to that, she served as president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program and later the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Marion scores well in recent health report but could do better
When it comes to area-wide studies, especially on health, there’s usually good news and bad news.
So was the recent report on the health of America’s counties released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently. The nationwide county study evaluated health outcomes and health factors, and ranked counties accordingly.
COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable
That little word has a pretty big meaning. With origins that date back to the 15th century, it means urgent, current, immediate.
But think about how that word has developed over the past few decades.
Instant pudding. Instead of slaving over a hot stove for a few minutes, you can now pour cold milk and with a bit of stirring, instant pudding!
Decision to be an organ donor can save lives
Chelsea Clair watched as her father died waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
So when she met Kyle Froelich at a car show in 2009 and heard about his struggles to find a kidney that would match his unique needs, she never hesitated to offer hers to the man she just met.
Volunteers continue to have priceless impact on community
Chances are, you know someone who volunteers. Perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself.
Marion County is full of volunteers.
They read to our youth.
They assist nonprofit agencies.
They serve on boards and committees.
And in 2013, they spent a day picking up nearly 10 tons of garbage that had been tossed out on public property around Marion County.
Proposed school calendar lives up to letter and spirit of law
West Virginia state law requires that students be in a classroom for 180 days.
Strong Fairmont General Hospital badly needed to serve our region
Mere minutes often matter when it comes to emergency health care.
That’s why we need a strong Fairmont General Hospital.
When patients need the services of health-care professionals, having family and friends close at hand is often essential, and their presence may even lead to a better outcome.
COLUMN: Fairmont General Hospital vital part of community
There’s nothing better than holding a newborn baby. It gives you a little feeling that not only is everything right in the world, but this perfect little human represents hope of a future where things will be better than they are today.
I had that blessed opportunity to hold that hopeful future in my arms last week when I visited my dear friend Jen and her newborn son Tristan at Fairmont General Hospital.
Putting a cost on safety issue has been culprit in 13 traffic deaths
Would you believe that an item costing just 57 cents — less than the price of a can of pop — is being cited as the culprit in 13 traffic deaths?
A simple 57-cent item.
That’s how much fixing the fatal ignition switches that General Motors installed in new automobiles would have cost, and 13 lives would probably have been saved.
TextLimit app one more step in cutting down distracted driving
Every day in the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in vehicle accidents that involve distracted drivers.
That statistic comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which goes on to say that 69 percent of U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that they had talked on their cellphone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
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