In recognition of the important lifesaving early detection practices available for breast cancer, Karen Lobban, president of the Greenbrier County Commission, along with Mike McClung and Woody Hanna, signed a proclamation proclaiming Monday, Oct. 7 as West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and October 2013 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2013, an estimated 1,324 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 282 women will die from the disease. Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer related deaths among WV women. A woman has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and a 1 in 36 chance of dying from the disease.
Currently, the best method to reduce deaths due to breast cancer is through early detection of the disease.
Women age 50 and older should have a mammogram at least every two years. Women ages 40-49 should talk with their health care provider about their screening schedule.
Clinical breast exams by a physician or nurse are recommended every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual screening schedule.