09/21/2009

18 Walks for Women planned across the state

West Virginia communities take steps against breast cancer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and West Virginia communities are walking to bring awareness of the disease to the mountain state.

The Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, its partners and volunteers are sponsoring 18 regional Walks for Women...Take a Step Against Breast Cancer. The walks are to raise awareness about the need for breast cancer screening, to honor breast cancer survivors and to remember those who have died from the disease.

Walks for Women range from one to three miles long and will take place in Clarksburg, Clay, Elkins, Glenville, Grafton, Hamlin, Hundred/Burton, Huntington, Keyser, Lewisburg, Lindside, Martinsburg, New Martinsville, Quinwood, Wellsburg, Wheeling and Williamson. The Walks for Women also raise donations from individuals and corporate sponsors to benefit the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund.

To learn the date of the walks in your community see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/news/.  To participate call Cancer Prevention and Control at the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, 304-293-2370.

The fund, created in 1996 by the West Virginia Legislature, helps pay for diagnostic and treatment services for uninsured West Virginia women who may not otherwise be able to afford them. Last year, the Walks raised more than $75,000. Increasing the fund, which the state Bureau for Public Health administers, allows more West Virginia women to access services.

Every dollar raised by Walks for Women goes to the fund. Individual and corporate tax-deductible contributions are accepted through the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to publicize early detection of breast cancer. Women can take steps to boost their chances of finding breast cancer early: monthly breast self-exams, annual breast checks by a healthcare provider and regular screening mammograms. Women ages 40 to 49 should have a mammogram every one to two years, annually for women age 50 and older.

Many mammography facilities offer reduced rates on mammograms during October. For more information, call the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at 1-800-642-8522, the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER. The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program offers free or low-cost mammograms, breast exams and Pap tests to women who qualify. For more information about the screening program, call your local health department or the WVBCCSP at 1-800-642-8522.


 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
CP&C: 09-17-00

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