GRAFTON—On Friday, Grafton City Hospital held a wreath dedication ceremony and wore pink, to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, their mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.
The staff at the hospital wore pink shirts in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a wreath ceremony took place, as well.
In addition, the event was open to the community and everyone in attendance received a pink shirt to wear during the ceremony.
Mayor Peggy Knotts Barney was in attendance to read and sign a proclamation, declaring October 2019 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
She told the attendees, “It is an honor to be here today. This cause holds a special place in my heart.”
She reported in 2019, an estimated 1,470 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 290 women will die from the disease.
Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer related deaths among WV women. A woman has about a one and eight or 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and about a one and 38 or a 2.6 percent chance of dying from the disease.
Currently, the best method to reduce deaths due to breast cancer is through early detection of the disease. Based on your age and medical history, your healthcare provider will be able to make the best breast health recommendation for you.
This may include a clinical breast exam, mammogram and monthly self-breast exams. Clinical breast exams and mammograms can save lives. Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual screening schedule.
Barney declared, “In recognition of the important lifesaving early detection practices available for breast cancer, I do hereby proclaim October 2019 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”
“I urge all Taylor County women to become aware that they are at risk for developing breast cancer and to discuss screening with their health care providers,” she voiced
Barney and Interim President and Chief Administrative Officer George Boyles signed the proclamation.
“I want to echo the mayor’s comments. It is very important to get early screenings,” he voiced.
Also, in attendance were many breast cancer survivors. Heather Weaver, Nurse Practitioner, shared that many of them were patients of her and they received their mammograms at Grafton City Hospital.
According to Weaver, the hospital uses digital screening for mammograms that is up-to-date and is the same as other area hospitals.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 304-265-6416.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, a raffle was held for the beautiful wreath that Weaver made two years ago for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a new one was hung in its place.
The winner of the wreath was Sandy Bretzman. After the raffle, attendees enjoyed light refreshments in the hospital lobby.