Mayor makes proclamation
Sistersville Mayor Dave Fox made a proclamation at Sistersville General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, declaring Oct. 13 as West Virginia Cancer Awareness Day and October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to statistics for 2009, an estimated 1,300 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 270 women will die form the disease. A woman has a one in eight lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and a one in 35 chance of dying from the disease.
Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer related deaths among West Virginia women.
Currently, the best method to reduce deaths due to breast cancer is through early detection of the disease. The American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram every one to two years for women ages 40-49 and yearly mammograms for women ages 50 and older.
Yearly breast exams by a physician or nurse and monthly self breast exams are also important in the flight against the disease.
Fox stated, “I urge all Tyler County women to become aware that they are at risk for developing breast cancer and discuss screening options with their health care providers.”
Anna Carson, RT and Karen Ross, RT were on hand to facilitate the proclamation and a wreath hanging for SGH.