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.
‘Pothole blitz’ badly needed service coming in West Virginia
Hopefully, the heavy snow and extremely cold weather of January, February and early March are in the past.
Remnants of the harsh winter, though, remain. They’re faced each day by the state’s drivers.
Potholes have West Virginia’s roads in their worst condition in years, and the damaging freeze-thaw cycle is not over.
‘The issues are complicated’ with e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have been around for about seven years.
But you’d be shocked at how long the idea for the the tobacco-less product has been around.
“A primitive, battery-operated ‘smokeless non-tobacco cigarette’ was patented as early as 1963 and described in Popular Mechanics in 1965,” Megan McArdle wrote for Business Week last monty.
Coal industry can’t afford to give this administration and EPA more ammunition
Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
The whole industry got another black eye this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s largest coal producers, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and invest $200 million to reduce illegal water pollution in five states, including West Virginia.
Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
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