Each year, the Wirt County Community Educational Outreach Service hosts a wreath hanging ceremony for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Wirt County Courthouse. On October 7, 2019, thirteen members and guests gathered at the front steps of the County Courthouse to celebrate and raise awareness for Breast Cancer research, treatment, and prevention.
This years event featured a balloon release, wreath hanging ceremony, and giveaways from the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. The event was attended by cancer survivors and their family members as well as several support local community agencies.
Pictured above, Wirt County Commissioner, Niki Garrett, and Carolyn Buchanan hang a breast cancer awareness wreath on the front door of the Wirt County Courthouse.
Garrett also read the 2019 Breast Cancer Awareness Proclamation. In addition to urging Wirt County women to become aware of their risks and discuss screening with providers, the proclamation also stated, "Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer related deaths among WV women. A woman has about a 1 in 8 (12%) chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and about a 1 in 38 (2.6%) 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 every year. 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."
For more information about the Wirt County Community Educational Outreach Service or other WVU Extension Service events, please contact WVU Wirt County Extension Office at 304-275-3101.