Walk for Women Reminds of Breast, Cervical Cancer Screenings

Special to HNN from a Provided Press Release

More than 1500 women in West Virginia are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Although mortality rates are decreasing, an estimated 270 women will still die from the disease this year. As the fight against breast cancer continues, West Virginia communities are coming together to spread the word about prevention and early detection.

West Virginia is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. with a variety of activities. Throughout the month, hundreds of West Virginians will gather at courthouses, libraries, post offices and other sites in every county of the state to demonstrate their commitment to fight the disease that has claimed the lives of so many women.

The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program offers free and/or low-cost mammograms, breast exams and Pap tests to women, age 25-64, whose income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The program, part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and administered through the WV Bureau for Public Health. When the United States Congress voted to make breast and cervical cancer screening available for low-income, underserved women, West Virginia was one of the first five states to receive money to begin screening women because of the high number of women in our state who were dying from these cancers.

 

Walk for Women. . .take a step against breast cancer will be held on Sunday, October 30 at Ritter Park in Huntington.   Registration begins at 12:30 and the Walk will begin at 2:00 pm. We will honor breast cancer survivors and remember those who have fought and lost the battle of breast cancer. We will raise money, through donations, to benefit the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. The Fund, appropriated by the WV Legislature in 1996, helps uninsured women throughout the state with diagnostic and treatment services for breast or cervical cancer. ALL the proceeds from the event are placed into the Fund and used to help women throughout our state. Individual and corporate donations to the Fund are accepted through the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. We have a website for our Walk: www.wvwalkforwomen.org.  

 

Businesses may support our Walk by purchasing a sign to be placed along our Walk for Women route in Ritter Park. The signs are 18 x 24 and may be purchased in honor of a breast cancer survivor, in memory of someone who has lost the battle or in support of breast cancer awareness. We are asking all Cabell County churches to designate October 30 as Pink Ribbon Sunday. We encourage congregations to wear pink, to recognize breast cancer survivors and to remember those who have died from the disease. We can supply inserts about our Walk for your church bulletins, educational information and pink ribbons to pass out to members.

 

The Thundering Herd, as well as several area high school football teams will be wearing pink ribbon decals on their helmets during October. The decals are provided by the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening ProgramDiva's Handbags at the Huntington Mall is sponsoring a bra decorating contest to benefit the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. Decorated bras are currently on display at the store. Voting will take place during the month and the bras will be taken to Ritter Park on the day of our Walk for Women where voting will continue and the winners will be announced. Votes are $1 each.

 

During the month of October, Qdoba Mexican Grill located at the Huntington Mall is donating 10% of their catering during the month of October to our Fund.

 

If you have questions about the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund, or any of our activities, please call 304-399-6690 or visit our website at www.wvdhhr.org/bccsp

 

 

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